UP Government orders time-bound inquiry into Allahabad stampede tragedy

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 15:30 hrs

Uttar Pradesh Government on Monday ordered a time-bound inquiry commission to probe the causes of stampede at the Allahabad Railway Station that claimed 36 lives on Sunday evening.

At least 36 devotees, returning after taking holy dip at Kumbh Mela, were killed and about 40 other were injured at the Allahabad railway station during the stampede after a foot-over bridge collapsed between platforms 5 and 6.

The UP chief secretary, Javed Usmani, said the commission would submit its report within a month, which would include eyewitness accounts.

"If somebody has seen something on the spot, he will be given opportunity to present his evidence before the investigation official through an affidavit. The process will begin soon and within one month we will get the report. On the basis of it, we will be able to fix the responsibility and conclude who was responsible, what was the failure and which system didn't work," said Usmani at a press conference here.

The tragedy occurred at the railway station, as thousands of devotees arrived to catch trains to leave for their respective destinations, leading to chaos and stampede.

Over three crore pilgrims took a dip on the occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya', considered the most auspicious day during the 12-yearly congregation, at the Sangam. (ANI)

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