Varanasi, Oct 16: In wake of the Stampede in Varanasi that claimed lives of 24 people on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered for a magisterial inquiry. Of the deceased, 20 were women, police said. As per reports, the stampede took place on an overcrowded Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi when followers of a religious leader were crossing it to attend a congregation on Saturday afternoon. 50 people were injured during the stampede.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed sadness and anguish over the incident. He asked senior officials in Varanasi to take stock of the situation in the region and announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured. Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav has directed the Commissioner, Varanasi, to institute a magisterial inquiry into the incident. The Chief Minister too extended an ex gratia of Rs five lakh each to next of kin of those killed and free treatment to the injured, who have been admitted to different hospitals in Varanasi and Chandauli.
As per reports by PTI, besides ex-gratia, Yadav announced another compensation of Rs 5 lakh under the Samajwadi Kisan and Sarvhit Bima schemes, an official release said. He also said that injured will get Rs 2.50 lakh from these schemes for the treatment and Rs 1 lakh for artificial limb, if required.(ALSO READ: Varanasi stampede: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief, announces ex-gratia)
After the incident took place, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended five police officers including two Superintendents of Police. As per reports by PTI, the incident took place in Ramnagar police station area of Varanasi when thousands of followers of Jai Gurudev were proceeding towards Domri village in Chandauli for the two-day samagam (camp) which began on Saturday, ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said.(ALSO READ: Varanasi stampede: SP and four other police office suspended for ‘gross negligence’)
As per reports by India Today, the state government had issued a helpline number 0542-2668003 immediately after the incident took place but people did not get any help from the number. Spokesman of Jai Gurudev Sansthan Raj Bahadur said the devotees were proceeding towards the camp, but police started sending them back though they kept on thronging the bridge and the incident occurred. This led to rumours that the bridge ahead has collapsed leading to stampede, he said, alleging there was a serious lapse on the part of the administration.(ALSO READ: Stampede: Rajnath Singh speaks to Varanasi Commissioner directs him to offer all help)
Akhilesh assured that stern action will be taken against the organizers or administration that led to the stampede. According to reports, Varanasi Superintendent of Police City Sudhakar Yadav, SP Traffic Kamal Kishore, Kotwali Circle Officer Rahul Mishra, Station Officer of Ramnagar police station, Anil Kumar Singh and Incharge of Mughalsarai police station in Chandauli district, Sub-inspector Vinod Yadav have been suspended.