Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani said that one more person died today, taking the toll to 33. 29 others were injured of whom the condition of four was stated to be critical, he said.
    
Of the 29 injured admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), 17 are women and 12 are men, he said.

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The Centre assured all help to the Bihar government to deal with the stampede tragedy in Patna. Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephoned Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi again this morning and promised all help.

"The Bihar Chief Minister apprised me of the latest developments," Singh tweeted. He assured Manjhi of all help from the Centre including medical assistance and asked him to provide medical treatment to the injured.
 
Subhani, who along with Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Gupteshwar Pandey has been appointed to inquire into the stampede incident, said he would begin the probe with a visit to the spot at Gandhi Maidan at noon.
 
 
The tragedy struck at around 7 PM on Friday at the South East corner of the ground near the Exhibition road when the people who were returning after watching the "Ravana Vadh" (killing of demon king) event jostled with each other to move ahead, eyewitnesses and officials said.


Some eyewitnesses said that panic broke out following rumours that a live electric wire had fallen to the ground. Slippers, shoes and footwear were seen strewn on a 500 metre stretch as people tried to flee from the scene.
 
Tens of thousands of people had gathered to watch the annual event at the historic Gandhi Maidan where several pockets were reportedly dimly lit when the stampede broke out.
 
Opposition BJP has criticised the Jitan Ram Manjhi government for the "lapses" that resulted in the tragedy.
Of the dead, 21 were women, 10 were minors and two men, according to the list available at the PMCH. Seven girls were among the ten minors.
 
Meanwhile, state Health Minister Ramdhani Singh had to face the ire of the relatives of the victims at PMCH and had to beat a hasty retreat from the spot.

As the minister came out of the hospital, a group of angry relatives of the victims thronged his car and shouted "Why are you coming here after 16 hours?"
 
When reporters asked the minister about the BJP criticising the state government for the tragedy, he said, "The opposition is doing its duty while we are doing our job."
 
The district administration, meanwhile, has removed footwear strewn on a one km stretch of road at the stampede spot.
 
Hundreds of footwear were loaded in a police vehicle from near Ramgulam roundabout outside Gandhi Maidan.


 
PM Modi speaks to Bihar CM

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Bihar Chief Minister to enquire about the stampede. He sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each for the next of those killed.

 

Sonia Gandhi expresses shock

Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed "shock and grief" over the deaths and injuries in a stampede in Patna.
 
"Dismayed at the unfortunate incident, Gandhi expressed the hope that the injured are being adequately attended to and conveyed her condolences to the families of those who passed away," a Congress statement said here.

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