"Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Superintendent of Police T Murugan have been suspended with immediate effect," Home Secretary NN Pandey said.

A high-level probe team headed by Pandey visited Deoghar, around 300 km from Ranchi, took stock of the situation, and submitted a report to the government.

Based on the report, four officials, including the Deputy Commissioner and Police Superintendent, were suspended.

Rahul Purwar has been appointed the special deputy commissioner and ML Meena the special police superintendent of Deoghar.

The stampede took place last morning close to a temple of Goddess Durga, where thousands had lined up for a ritual.

During the 'Shravan' month of the Hindu calendar, more than 30 lakh people offer prayers at the Baidyanath temple. On Mondays, the number goes up substantially up to around two lakh.

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