Press Esc to close
Tuesday 05 May 2015
News updated at 11:48 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Nitish orders inquiry into 'Chhath puja' stampede

Abhay Kumar PATNA, Nov 20, 2012, DHNS

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

Photo Gallery
Congress women workers during a protest against the BJP-PDP government for their...

Congress women workers during a protest against the BJP-PDP government for their...

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uma Bharti and J P Nadda after the Cabinet...

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uma Bharti and J P Nadda after the Cabinet...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi talks to MoS Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti at Parliament...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi talks to MoS Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti at Parliament...

Siddharth Roy Kapur along with his wife and Bollywood actor Vidya Balan arrive in....

Siddharth Roy Kapur along with his wife and Bollywood actor Vidya Balan arrive in....

Rajasthan Royals players Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane along...

Rajasthan Royals players Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane along...

KKR Mentor Jacques Kallis, CEO Venky Mysore, Brad Hogg and Robin Uthappa during...

KKR Mentor Jacques Kallis, CEO Venky Mysore, Brad Hogg and Robin Uthappa during...

Power Minister Piyush Goyal with Congress MP Raj Babbar and MP Javed Akhtar at...

Power Minister Piyush Goyal with Congress MP Raj Babbar and MP Javed Akhtar at...

Congress members Digvijay Singh at Parliament house in...

Congress members Digvijay Singh at Parliament house in...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with William Joseph Burns, former US Deputy...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with William Joseph Burns, former US Deputy...

Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar with captain Rohit Sharma before the...

Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar with captain Rohit Sharma before the...

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