Mumbai: When the nation was celebrating Navratri and it was time to herald Dussehra – the festival to mark the victory of good over evil – Elphinstone Road railway station in this financial capital of India, was struck by a ghastly disaster on Friday. Here 22 lives were lost and more than three dozen persons were grievously injured in a stampede as a large crowd tried to surge through a narrow rickety foot overbridge linking Parel and Elphinstone Road stations. People were rushing crushing others on the way only to escape getting drenched in rain. According a eyewitnesses, what led to the stampede was the arrival of at least three local trains within a short time.
The Union Railways Minister has ordered the Railway Board to conduct probe and submit a report into the ghastrly tragedy. Meanwhile leaders from a couple of political parties have tried to take mileage from this tragedy and issued the threat that they would not allow the Bulltet Train- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet high speed train project between Ahmedebad and Mumbai to take off.
Varanasi: Nineteen people were killed and at least others were 60 injured in a stampede at Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli where a huge crowd had gathered for a religious congregation today afternoon.
There was stampede when the followers of Jai Gurudev were heading towards Domri village on the banks of the Ganga river to join a 2-day camp
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represents the Varanasi constituency in Parliament, has expresses grief over the loss of lives in the stampede and sanctioned Rs. 200,000 ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs.50,000 each to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured”, the PM has said in a message.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 200,000 each to the next of kin of those killed and free treatment to the injured.
Deoghar, Jharkhand: Shravan Somvar triggers stampede in the holy shrines of Belabagan Temple in Deoghar town of Jharkhand.About 10 people have been killed and around 50 injured in the incident.
With a view to visit the temple on Monday morning as per the auspicious beliefs and prayer schedules, devotees had begun to assemble in the Belabagan temple on Deogarh-Jassidih, about 350 kilometres from Ranchi, from the intervening night period. At the early morning hours today, around 5 am, a rumor about the Temple gate being opened triggered huge rush of devotees towards the temple door, causing stampede and unruly breaking of queues. The temple rush resulted in injuries to over 50 persons including men, women and children. The crowd comprised of around 75,000 devotees stacked in a 15 kms long queue. Sudden movement of people resulted in chaos and made it difficult for the administration to control..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the situation.after having spoken with the Chief Minister Raghubar Das for speedy relief to the injured and stranded piligrims.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condoled the loss of lives due to stampede at Deoghar. Rajnath Singh has been appraised by the Jharkhand CM about the situation in Deoghar after the stampede and a request has been forwarded to the Home Ministry for extra Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployment.
Rajnath Singh via Union Home Secretary LC Goyal has executed dispersal of two RAF companies to Deoghar for better crowd and security management, in addition to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) already deployed in the State.
CM Raghubar Das has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of those killed in today’s stampede. The injured would be given Rs 50,000 as compensation.