Press Esc to close

Nitish orders inquiry into 'Chhath puja' stampede

Abhay Kumar PATNA, Nov 20, 2012, DHNS 0:43 IST
Anita Ghosh, 52, could not hold back her tears when mandarins of the Bihar government handed her a cheque for Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the death of her sister Usha, a victim of Monday’s stampede here.

“What can one do with a meagre sum of Rs 2 lakh? Instead of doling out relief, the government should have made proper arrangements at the ghats to avoid such incidents,” said Ghosh. “No senior health official could be found when her sister was gasping for breath.”

Amid a pall of gloom, the two-day Chhath festival concluded here on Tuesday, with devotees offering obeisance to the sun god early in the morning. At least 17 people, including nine children, lost their lives in a stampede at the Adalatganj ghat on Monday evening after a makeshift wooden bridge collapsed.

After Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked top officials to camp at the accident site, another bridge was erected late in the night as devotees who had offered obeisance in the evening had to pray at the same place the next morning.

The chief minister has asked Bihar Home Commissioner Amir Subhani to conduct an investigation into the stampede and submit a report at the earliest. “I express my deep condolences to the family of those killed,” said Shatrughan Sinha, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, where the mishap occurred.

Go to Top

More from this section
Photo Gallery
An electricity board worker installs a new line for the upcoming Magh Mela festival at Sangam...

An electricity board worker installs a new line for the upcoming Magh Mela festival at Sangam...

An Indian paramilitary soldier marches past the MI-8 helicopter during its phasing out ceremony...

An Indian paramilitary soldier marches past the MI-8 helicopter during its phasing out ceremony...

Transgenders society members during a protest against 'TG Bill 2016' at Parliament Street...

Transgenders society members during a protest against 'TG Bill 2016' at Parliament Street...

Protestors burn posters of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest, organised by...

Protestors burn posters of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest, organised by...

A man walks past the Coronation Pillar at a park in north-west Delhi that marks the iconic...

A man walks past the Coronation Pillar at a park in north-west Delhi that marks the iconic...

A laptop bag made out of cement by Indian artist Somesh Singh exhibited at the Craft Beton...

A laptop bag made out of cement by Indian artist Somesh Singh exhibited at the Craft Beton...

A view of snow covered mountains of Kashmir valley which caused due to recent heavy snowfall...

A view of snow covered mountains of Kashmir valley which caused due to recent heavy snowfall...

Snow covered mountains of Pir Panjal range seen in the backdrop of Chamera Lake in Chamba on Sunday.

Snow covered mountains of Pir Panjal range seen in the backdrop of Chamera Lake in Chamba on Sunday.

A view of the Gomateshwara statue of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. A scaffolding and visitors...

A view of the Gomateshwara statue of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. A scaffolding and visitors...

A view of the illuminated Takhat Shri Harmandir Saheb Gurdwara to mark of 350th Prakash Parv...

A view of the illuminated Takhat Shri Harmandir Saheb Gurdwara to mark of 350th Prakash Parv...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.