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    Patna tragic stampede .

    15 people including 9 children die.



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    14 killed in stampede after makeshift bridge collapses in Patna



    Fourteen persons, most of them women and children, were killed today and scores of others injured as a makeshift brigde caved in triggering a stampede during Chhat Puja at Adalatganj ghat on the bank of river Ganges, a police official said.


    The incident took place as the people ran helter and skelter, leading to the stampede. Fear-stricken people trampled on each other after the bridge collaped at around 1900 hours, Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Jayant Kant said.


    Most of those killed and injured in the incident were women and children who were returning home after theArghya at the ghat to the descending Sun God, he said.


    The toll may rise as the condition of some of the injured persons was critical, the SP(City) said.


    The bodies of those killed in the stampede have been sent for post mortem at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) at Patna, Kant said, adding the the injured persons have been taken to various hospitals for treatment.


    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs. two lakh compensation to the next of kin of the victims, an official spokesman said.


    Of the amount, Rs 1.5 lakh would be given by the disaster management department and Rs 50,000 from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.


    The Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) has been asked to launch rescue and relief work on a war footing, he said.


    Kumar has directed the Principal Secretary (Home) to probe the incident and told senior officials, including Chief Secretary A K Sinha and Director General of Police Abhayanand to reach the spot and supervise rescue and relief work, the spokesman said.


    The Chief Minister asked the officials to ensure that the injured persons get the best medical assistance, he said.


    State Congress president Chaudhary Meh**** Ali Kaiser and party spokesman H K Verma accused the Bihar government of constructing a sub-standard make-shift bridge ahead of the Chhath festival.


    Demanding a CBI probe into the incident, they said the chief minister should resign on moral ground.


    Local MP Shatrughan Sinha too demanded a high-level probe into the incident. The person or persons found guilty should be dealt with strictly, Sinha, BJP MP from Patna Sahib constituency, said.


    Meanwhile, a Jamshedpur report said the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident.


    Describing the incident as unfortunate, JMM senior vice- president Sudhir Mahto said Bihar government should order a high-level enquiry into the incident and punish the officials responsible for it.


    Mahto also demanded adequate compensation to the family of the victims.

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    14 Dead in Stampede During Chhat Celebration in Patna





    At least 17 people were killed and many others injured in a stampede today at Adalatghat here on the bank of river Ganga during Chhath puja.


    The stampede occurred when panicked devotees rushed for safety after a make-shift bridge caved in at the ghat.


    Seven casualties were reported from Patna Medical College while the corresponding figure at Arvind Hospital and Magadh Hospital stood at five each, an official spokesman said, adding that Principal Secretary (Health) Vyasji has informed this to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.


    Kumar has directed Vyasji to establish contact with all private hospitals and clinics to get details about people undergoing treatment due to injuries sustained during the stampede, the spokesman said.


    Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha, meanwhile, said at a press conference late tonight that hospitals are being contacted to ascertain whether there were any more casualties.


    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters that advertisements would be published asking people to inform the government if any member of their families has died in the tragedy so that compensation could be provided to them.


    Kumar clarified that the deaths took place not because of the cave-in, but due to people rushing out of the steep stairs a temple.


    People pushed each other and those who fell down were either trampled to death or were injured, the chief minister said.


    He said the Principal Secretary (Home) would conduct a probe into the tragedy so that those responsible for the tragedy would be brought to book.


    The Bihar government would pay a compensation of Rs two lakh to the family of the deceased, Kumar said.


    Of the total amount, Rs 1.5 lakh would be given from the disaster management department and the remaining Rs 50,000 would be provided from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.


    Denying reports that an electric wire above the bridge snapped and fell on devotees triggering the stampede, Kumar said he had talked to power officials who said that no such incident had taken place.


    Kumar said he was shocked and saddened at the tragedy that took place soon after he had reached home after inspecting arrangements at the ghats for Chhath festival.


    He said he immediately directed the chief secretary, DGP Abhayanand and other top officials to rush to the spot and hospitals.


    The Chief Minister appealed to the media to guard against spreading rumours and making baseless claims about the toll or cause of the stampede.


    He also asked opposition parties not to indulge in politics in such an hour of crisis when unity is required.


    Kumar said peaceful conduct of next morning's 'Arghya' (holy offering) on the ghats was equally important and appealed to the devotees and their families to turn up as usual to pay their obeisance to the Sun God marking the end of the festival.


    Chaotic scenes prevailed at the Patna Medical College Hospital as relatives of the victims damaged window panes of the emergency rooms alleging there were no doctors to attend to the injured.


    The DGP and the Principal Secretary (Health) rushed to the hospital to overlook the relief measures.


    Meanwhile, out of the 17 persons killed in the stampede, the identity of twelve has been established, official sources said.


    They are Manju Devi (30), her son Karan (13) and daughter Nandini (1); Laxmi Devi (60), Sheela Devi (40), Kittu Kumari (4), Munni Devi (60), native of Gujarat's Vadodara town); Arti (9), Payal (10), Suman Kumar (11), Usha Hore (20) and Sharda Devi (48).

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    Really tragic incidence on a festival like this.

    Now Blame game is on high, but, I would say it's fault of all & none.
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    Got one input.

    There were 2 temprory bridges were made at the spot, one was broken hence was closed, other was working & police was guiding it very well, but there was a Fight started among 2 groups in which they have used Belts & all, which pushed the panic button & hence stampede initiated.
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