Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Varanasi stampede that killed at least 19 and injured several others. “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured,” he said. He further said that official measures have been taken to deal with the situation. “I have spoken to officials & asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi,” said PM Modi.
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The stampede took place as part of a procession wherein thousands of followers of religious leader Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of Ganga to take part in the two-day camp, police said.
Police and government officials have rushed to the spot to carry out rescue measures. Meanwhile Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 2 lakhs each for kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for the critically injured.