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Don’t politicise stampede: Akhilesh

Omar Rashid
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Announces higher compensation for the families of the dead

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav looking up a victim of the railway station stampede at Swarup Rani Nehru Hospital in Allahabad on Tuesday.- Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav looking up a victim of the railway station stampede at Swarup Rani Nehru Hospital in Allahabad on Tuesday.- Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal

Two days after 36 people were killed and at least 39 injured in a stampede at Allahabad railway station, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday that it was not right to blame anyone till the investigations were over.

“As soon as we got the information about the incident, senior officers were deputed for relief and rescue work. Two senior ministers reached the city immediately. I don’t want politics to be played over the tragedy … All questions will be cleared in the probe report. Please wait for it,” he said during a visit to Swarup Rani Nehru Hospital here.

He met the injured and the relatives of the victims and announced an increased compensation of Rs. 7 lakh each to the families of the dead and Rs. 1.5 lakh each to the injured. The injured were also given Rs. 5,000 as immediate relief.

The Government has constituted an Inquiry Commission which will submit a report in a month.

Mr. Yadav parried questions on possible removal of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan in charge of the Kumbh Mela arrangements and said work on improving facilities for pilgrims would continue.

Governor visits hospital

Asserting that the Administration will try its best to prevent such mishaps, Mr. Yadav said action will be taken against those found responsible for the incident.

Governor B.L. Joshi, who on Monday summoned Mr. Yadav to take stock of the situation, also visited the hospital and the railway station.

While Union Railway Minister P. K. Bansal blamed the tragedy on the huge rush of pilgrims, U.P. Chief Secretary Javed Usmani said it was not possible to draw the chronology of events so quickly.

Mr. Usmani denied any lapse on the part of the State Government and said the real cause would be known only after the investigation.

The next bathing is the Basant Panchami Shahi Snan scheduled this Friday.


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