Allahabad: The death toll in the stampede at Allahabad railway station reached 36 on Monday, with 14 more people succumbing to their injuries.

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CMO Allahabad Dr Prabhakar confirmed the toll, saying 14 more people died during treatment. Many injured are being treated at the railway hospitals and the SRN Hospital, he said. The victims include 26 women, 9 men and a child, official sources said, adding bodies of 20 of the deceased have been identified.

Sequence of events
  • Over three crore devotees land in Allahabad for holy dip on the auspicious occasion of ‘Mauni Amavasya’
  • The holy ‘snan’ began at 5.15 am and concluded at 5.45 pm
  • Massive crowds started surging to the railway station from 5 pm
  • As per eye witnesses police lathicharged at pilgrims that compounded the panic
  • Reports said that someone fell during the rush, causing others to topple over each other
  • Incident occurred at 7 PM near Platforms No 5 and 6 where a foot over bridge reportedly collapsed due to heavy rush of pilgrims
  • Platform No 6 was later sealed by authorities
  • 36 people killed in stampede

 

The stampede occurred at 7 PM on Sunday at Platforms No 5 and 6 where thousands of passengers, mostly Maha Kumbh devotees returning after taking the holy dip at the Sangam, had gathered to board a train.

Several eyewitnesses said there was a lathicharge by the police that compounded the panic but Divisional Railway Manager Harinder Rao claimed passengers were not baton charged and that police only attempted to regulate the movement of the crowd at the platforms by asking passengers to stand in line.

Uttar Pradesh government orders inquiry   

The Uttar Pradesh government ordered an inquiry into the stampede and asked the Railways to make proper arrangements to clear rush of devotees and sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of each of the dead persons.

"The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The 'snan' at Kumbh was completed without any problem, the unfortunate incident took place at the railway station. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry," SP spokesman and Cabinet minister Rajendra Chowdhury told reporters.

Defending local administration, Chowdhury said there was no laxity on its part and it was the failure of the railways, which should have run more trains to deal with the rush. He said that CM has asked the Centre to run more trains to clear the rush in Allahabad.

Helpline Numbers

New Delhi- 011-23342954/ 011-23341074
Old Delhi- 011-23967332
Allahabad- 0532-2408149/2408128
Mughal Sarai- 05412-254145

List of persons died :-
1. Urmila Devi (70), wife of Chote Lal, Rambagh, Baxar
2. Biptabai (60), wife of Dev Prasad Majhole, Jabalpur
3. Nathulal Diwedi (72), father of Divangat shriram Diwedi, Asha Nagar, Hardoi
4. Sandhya Shukla (46), wife of Rajesh Kumar, chakari, Kanpur
5. Kamtabai (65), wife of Gopinath, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
6. Ramkala Shrivastva, son of Ganga Prasad, Mehndinagar, Pratapgarh
7. Ramsuti, Bhind, Madhya Pradesh
8. Shivkumari, Ara, Bihar
9. Asha Devi, Ara, Bihar
10. Chhote lal Meena (46) son of Sukhram
11. Babita (35)
12. Shivkumari devi (45), wife of Ramesh Chandra, Krishnagarh, Ara, Bihar
13. Ram Dhuli (58), wife of Mohar, Delhi
14. Ram Kailsh Shrivastava (35), son of Gaya Prasad, Pratapgarh
15. Ram Sati Devi (35), wife of Jeetendra Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh, Bhind
16. Shiv Kumari (45), wife of Ramesh Singh, Krishna Nagar, Ara, Bihar

(JPN/Agencies)

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