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Vaishno Devi temple stampede incident: 3-member committee will give report in 1 week, 12 people have died so far

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Vaishno Devi temple stampede incident: 3-member committee will give report in 1 week, 12 people have died so far

Highlights

  • Stampede happened due to minor scuffle between some youth- Dilbagh Singh
  • President Ramnath Kovind also condoled the accident in Vaishno Devi
  • LG Manoj Sinha announced compensation of 10 lakhs for the next of kin of the deceased.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s Manoj Sinha has ordered a high-level inquiry into the stampede at Vaishno Devi temple. A 3-member committee constituted to probe the stampede incident at Vaishno Devi temple has been asked to submit its report to the Jammu and Kashmir government within a week. Under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Home), the committee was constituted by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. In an order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, General Administration Department, said that a high-level committee has been constituted to find out the reasons behind the tragic incident. The other two members of the committee are Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langar and Additional Director General of Police, Jammu Mukesh Singh.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh visited the hospital and took care of the injured.

“The committee will examine in detail the causes of the incident (stampede) and point out the lapses and fix the responsibility,” the order said. Suggest appropriate standard operating procedures and measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that there is a need for innovative measures to deal with the practice of youth visiting Vaishno Devi Dham on the occasion of New Year. Singh visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayan Superspeciality Hospital in Kakriyal and inquired about the well being of the injured. “Traditionally, devotees used to come during the festival days like Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali. But this is a new practice and we have to act accordingly. We will discuss innovation and technology to find some solution to this.”

Some of the survivors blamed “mismanagement”

Some survivors of the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir said the stampede was triggered by the sudden influx of devotees in large numbers on the arrival of the New Year and blamed “mismanagement” for the tragedy. . The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, however, refuted the allegations saying that all necessary arrangements were made in view of the possible rush. Police said that most of the deaths were due to suffocation. He said that seven of the dead are from Uttar Pradesh, three from Delhi and one each from Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, who arrived at the Dham in the stampede to take stock of the situation, said a minor fight was responsible for the “unfortunate” incident. Dilbagh Singh said that due to a minor altercation between some youths, a stampede happened in Vaishno Devi shrine area in which unfortunately 12 people died.

Governor along with PM Modi announced ex-gratia amount

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.10 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed in the Vaishno Devi temple stampede accident and Rs.2 lakh each for the injured.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the central government is continuously working on Jammu- In touch with the Kashmir administration so that the affected can be helped. Modi said in the program organized for the release of funds under the ‘PM-Kisan’ scheme, “Extremely saddened to lose the lives of people in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured. The PMO said in a tweet quoting Prime Minister Modi, “The families of those who lost their lives in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan will be given an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. 50-50 thousand rupees will be given to the injured.

At least 12 people have died in the accident so far

At least 12 people were killed and more than 12 injured in a stampede that broke out on New Year’s Day at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir due to a huge crowd of devotees. This is the first such incident at this Dham situated on Trikuta hill, about 50 km from Jammu, where lakhs of devotees visit every year. The stampede took place near gate number three outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple at around 2.30 pm last night. Here devotees gather after covering a distance of about 13 km from the Katra base camp.

President Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah also condoled the incident.

President Ram Nath Kovind said that he was deeply saddened by the news of the death of devotees in the stampede. He also expressed condolences to the bereaved families. The President said, “I wish the injured a speedy recovery.” Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also condoled the incident. Shah tweeted, “Heart pained by the tragic incident at Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. I have spoken to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in this regard. The administration is working continuously for the treatment of the injured. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi temple is unfortunate. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.” All major parties of Jammu and Kashmir have also expressed grief over this incident.

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Asad Malik

Asad is a journalist at UsamaSpeaks.com and he deals with Pakistan News, India News, and Lottery Sambad. Asad is a very professional and authentic news journalist.

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