Judicial panel to probe MP stampede

To file report in 2 months

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: October 16, 2013 12:32:26 am

A judicial commission was set up Tuesday to probe the stampede at the Ratangarh Mata temple in Datia with a mandate to file the report within two months.

The one-member commission,to be headed by retired high court judge Rakesh Saxena,will have its office in Gwalior for proximity to the site of the tragedy that claimed 115 lives. The state government was waiting till late Tuesday for clearance from the Election Commission to release the terms of reference.

Though the announcement about the judicial commission had been made,the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission on Monday set up a parallel inquiry asking additional DGP A K Jain to submit his report within 15 days.

The commission’s acting chairman justice A K Saxena said prima facie the tragedy appears to have been caused by grave administrative negligence,and asked the chief secretary and DGP to submit a report.

The government has been asked to file a report about circumstances leading to the tragedy and the officials responsible; the reasons behind the lathi-charge; whether senior officials had been to the spot before,and if not their location at the time of incident; whether any criminal case been filed; and if any judicial probe had been set up about similar tragedies and the action taken,if any.

ADGP Jain has been asked to probe 14 points including the officials responsible,reasons behind lathi-charge; had the officials and police personnel on duty been trained; steps taken after the tragedy.

Managing crowd: NDMA releases study

New Delhi: To avoid another incident like the Madhya Pradesh stampede,the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has released a study on crowd management at places of mass gathering.

According to the NDMA,the study,conducted by IIM,Ahmedabad,suggests solutions such as using a snake line approach,discouraging general admission,having alternative routes for releasing excessive crowd pressure,and formulating plans to take care of VIP visitors.

The study said authorities should not hesitate to refuse entry to VIPs if it could lead to safety concerns. It suggested that emergency exits should not be barricaded,blocked or inaccessible,generators,distribution boxes and circuit breakers should be kept away from the crowd,and there should be adequate fencing and security.

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