Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Additional Chief Secretary Varun Mayera to set up a high-level committee to probe the stampede near the Bhavnath Shiva temple in Junagadh on Sunday. The death toll has risen to seven, with one more succumbing to his injuries in a Junagadh hospital. Over 40 persons were injured.
A spokesman of the Chief Minister's Office said here that the committee would also suggest measures to prevent such incidents.
Mr. Modi announced an immediate relief of Rs. 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 25,000 to each of the injured. Inspector-General of Police (Rajkot Range) Pravin Sinha rushed to Junagadh to maintain law and order in view of Mahashivratri. “The situation on Monday is totally under control,” the spokesman said.
Agriculture and Cooperation Minister Dillip Sanghani visited the tragedy site and called on the injured in hospitals and family members of the deceased.
Various “Akhadas” of sadhus and saints assembled in the ancient temple decided to celebrate Mahashivratri with simplicity and not to take out the traditional procession through the town in view of the tragedy. Only a token procession was taken out from the Bhavnath temple.