Dehradun: Condoling the death of 36 people in a stampede at Allahabad railway station on Sunday, newly appointed Uttarakhand BJP chief Tirath Singh Rawat on Monday demanded a probe into the incident.

"It is tragic that so many pilgrims died in the stampede. A high-level probe should be ordered into the incident to ascertain its reasons and ensure that such incidents are not repeated," Rawat said in a statement in Dehradun.

The BJP leader also held the Centre responsible for the tragedy, saying the Railways had failed to estimate the number of devotees likely to visit Kumbh Mela and provide enough trains which, may have been one of the reasons that led to the stampede.

Asking both the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to offer adequate compensation to the kin of the deceased, the BJP leader asked them to make proper arrangements to ensure the safety of the devotees at the fair.

A stampede broke out at the Allahabad railway station on Sunday, leaving 36 people dead. The stampede occurred 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.


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