Varanasi: At least twelve persons have been crushed to death and more than four dozen people have been injured as an under construction bridge collapsed near the Cantonment railway station here this evening.
The death toll is expected to rise.
Many cars and other vehicles were crushed when a pillar collapsed bringing down a huge girder. The knowledgeable are asking why the area had not been cordoned off to block the flow of traffic for ensuring human safety near the construction site. This is gross negligence and the culprits should be dealt with under the law.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident. He addressed party workers at the BJP headquarters here this evening on the violence and rigging of panchayat polls in Bengal, his party’s good performance in Karnataka elections and received a huge round of applause from his supporters after disaster had struck Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs. 2 lakh for the critically injured.
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.
Varanasi : Security has been beefed up to utmost level available within the country’s administrative limit as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his constituency on the soil of river Ganges, the city of Varanasi. An unprecedented security arrangement has been put in place for PM’s scheduled visit to his parliamentary electoral base-camp today. The core official group responsible for handling security arrangements informed media and updated about the enormous security cordoning-off that has been put on ground for PM’s visit. They revealed that PM Modi would be under a five-tier security, owing to the ‘threat perception’, mainly in the wake of an aftermath of Pathankot terror attack.
The Security Lords of the Rings, namely – SPG, NSG and ATS would all take their positions and be on high-alert all though the tour. Special Protection Group (SPG) would be in close proximity to the Prime Minister. The second ring would be of the National Security Guard ( NSG) commandos. The next circle would lay safe in the hands of commandos of the Anti-Terror Squad ( ATS). The fourth ring would be maneuvered by Central Police Force. The fifth and the outer most ring would be given in the hands of State Police and local police personnel.
A district police official informed media agency that all areas where the PM’s cavalcade would be moving have been sanitized and would be thrown out of bounds for people of the city, for as long as above four hours in advance. Additionally, hundreds of policemen and security personnel have been deployed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri airport and Dereka, where Modi, after his arrival, would be spending over two hours.
Agenda of PM Modi’s visit includes — attending the Divyangjan Sashaktikaran Samaroh – a program for distribution of aids and assistive devices, for differently-abled people; and — PM’s address at the 6th convocation of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow.
Bhopal: Jet Airways flight 9W2423 with 59 passengers and 8 crew members on board develops snag in landing gear upon landing at the Khajuraho airport in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh on Monday afternoon.
Jet Airways said in a statement that flight 9W 2423 from Varanasi was involved in an incident on landing at Khajuraho airport earlier today. The aircraft, a B737-800 experienced a technical problem with the landing gear after landing. Safety chutes were deployed, emergency doors were opened and all 59 passengers and 8 crew on board the aircraft disembarked safely and were transferred to the terminal.
Jet Airways made arrangements to transfer outbound guests to Varanasi and Delhi. An additional flight was being operated on the Delhi-Varanasi sector to assist in accommodating the outbound guests.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed of the incident. The safety of its passengers is the airlines number one priority and Jet Airways will be working closely with the authorities during the investigation into the cause of this incident.