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UP: 24 Dead many injured in Stampede in Varanasi

Causality may increase as many injured are in critical condition



At least 24 people, mostly women, were killed and many injured in a stampede at a religious ceremony in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Causality may increase further because some of the injured are in critical condition.

The stampede broke out when thousands of devotees of a religious leader tried to cross a bridge at once.

Followers of Jai Gurudev, the leader of a local sect, were moving in a procession and far too many were on the narrow roads to the Rajghat bridge than sanctioned, say officials.

One man died of suffocation because of the surging crowds, which led to a commotion. Rumours that the bridge had collapsed fueled more chaos, said police chief Javed Ahmed.

“They had sought permission for 5,000 persons but many more people reached and joined the procession. We are investigating crowd management and will take action against those responsible,” Mr Ahmed said.

According to police, the incident occurred this afternoon when thousands of followers of Jai Guru Dev sect assembled in Varanasi and they were going to domri village ashram of jaigurudev in Ramnagar police station area to take part in a conglomeration there.

Initial report indicates that sect followers assembled in unexpected numbers and when they were passing through small Ramnagar Bridge one person died on way, probably due to suffocation.

Police officer said, possibly this was the immediate cause of stampede. Relief and rescue operations are on. Several government agencies including Senior administrative and Police officers of Varanasi and Chandulai districts have been engaged in relief works. According to reports, crowed is being dispersed from the accident site to normalize the situation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked officials to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi. Mr. Modi spoke to state government officials about the incident. In a tweet, he condoled the loss of lives and prayed for speedy recover of injured.

The Prime Minister has announced ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each to next of kin of those killed in the incident and 50 thousand rupees to the injured.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Commissioner of Varanasi who apprised him of the situation.  Congress President Sonia Gandhi also condoled the death.


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Cuts short roadshow in Varanasi, rushed to Delhi 

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 Our Correspondent

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today had to leave the party’s roadshow midway in Varanasi after she complained of uneasiness. She was flown back to New Delhi. Mrs Gandhi was leading the roadshow to launch the party’s campaign for 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.

Prime Minister has wished Mrs Gandhi speedy recovery. In a tweet Mr Modi said, he prays for her quick recovery and good health.

Earlier report

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi got ill this evening during her visit to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. She is currently getting treatment at VIP lounge at airport there. She is reported to suffering from high blood pressure, high fever and diarrhoea.

She is likely to be rushed to New Delhi by air ambulance or she may be shifted to BHU medical college in Varanasi. 

Earlier she cut short her big roadshow in city and started back for Delhi after she fell ill. She developed high fever midway through her roadshow and was advised by doctors not to go ahead with the final leg which included an address to the public and a visit to the Kasi Viswanath temple.

Before she called off her road trip the Congress president stood in an SUV greeting party supporters who gathered on the streets as her cavalcade drove through.

Thousands of Congress supporters and workers took part in the roadshow from the Circuit House to Englishiya Line, a distance of about eight kilometres.

Gandhi, who was initially travelling in a car and later moved to a vehicle with open sunroof, waved at the crowd which cheered and raised slogans against the Modi government.

She came out of her vehicle several times to accept the greetings of the cheering supporters, including groups of Muslim women.
As the road show passed through several localities, rose petals were showered on Sonia and her cavalcade from adjoining buildings.

Sonia Gandhi’s Statement: Saddened that due to my ill health, I had to cut my visit to Varanasi short. Couldn’t visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple either. I will come back very soon, and then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.