Press Esc to close
Friday 01 July 2016
News updated at 2:56 AM IST
Weather
Max: 26.3°C
Min : 20.3°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

9 kids among 20 killed in Patna stampede

Abhay Kumar, PATNA:, Nov 19, 2012 DHNS
 A woman mourns the death of a relative near dead bodies of Chhat Puja devotees in Patna Medical College & Hospital on Monday. Many people are feared dead after collapse of a temporary bamboo bridge on Ganga river in the city during the festival. PTI

At least 20 people, including nine children, were killed in a stampede after a makeshift wooden bridge near Adalat Ghat in Patna collapsed on Monday evening.

More than 100 people, who are reported to have sustained grievous injuries, have been rushed to various government and private hospitals in the state capital. Most of them were in critical condition.

Health Minister Ashwini Choubey, however, confirmed only 17 deaths.  The mishap occurred when thousands of devotees were returning after offering obeisance to the “Sun God on the occasion of “Chhath,” one of the most revered festivals here.

The bridge was a temporary arrangement for the devotees to cross the (filthy) drain before reaching the Ganga, which, of late, has moved far away from the capital. The devotees have to take a holy dip into the Ganga before offering “arghya.”

Everything was fine till sunset, but there was a mad scramble among the devotees to return early. The bridge could not sustain the increasing load and eventually collapsed. Several women, children, elderly person fell over each other like a pack of cards.  In the stampede that followed, many died on the spot while others collapsed while being rushed to Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Others were rushed to Rajendra Nagar Hospital and Magadh Hospital. Bihar DGP Abhayanand, who himself was performing Chhath at his residence, rushed to the site to take stock of the situation. Sources in the PMCH confirmed that nine children were among those dead, but added that the toll could go up once they collate more details.

The incident occurred soon after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi had finished their “steamer journey” which was aimed at “taking stock of the security arrangements at various ghats.”

“Nothing could be more tragic and unfortunate that the incident took place soon after the visit of Nitish and Modi to Ganga ghats,” senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra told Deccan Herald here on Monday.

“The entire administration was caught unawares as it was busy looking after the itinerary of the chief minister, instead of facilities for the common man,” he added. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, too, slammed Nitish in no uncertain terms for the stampede  and asked him to “take responsibility for the accident and quit.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Naval NCC cadets of West Bengal and Sikkim...

Naval NCC cadets of West Bengal and Sikkim...

A view of the Taj Mahal as cloud hover in the...

A view of the Taj Mahal as cloud hover in the...

Army personnel take positions the house where militants were hiding...

Army personnel take positions the house where militants were hiding...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia talks with..

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia talks with..

Visitors enjoy the rain at Rajpath in New Delhi...

Visitors enjoy the rain at Rajpath in New Delhi...

An AirAsia A320 Aircraft with livery painting at Hyderabad on...

An AirAsia A320 Aircraft with livery painting at Hyderabad on...

Vice President Hamid Ansari with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and...

Vice President Hamid Ansari with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and...

A Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) being successfully test-fired from...

A Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) being successfully test-fired from...

Erosion intensified at sea-shore at Ullala near Mangaluru on Thursday following rains. PTI Photo

Erosion intensified at sea-shore at Ullala near Mangaluru on Thursday following rains. PTI Photo

Villagers looking at a one horned rhinoceros that strayed in...

Villagers looking at a one horned rhinoceros that strayed in...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523