Thirty three people were killed and 50 injured in a stampede that broke out at Gandhi Maiden, shortly after Dussehra celebrations had ended, in Patna on Tuesday evening.
While thousands of people gathered to witness the annual event at the Gandhi Maidan, the tragedy occurred at 7 pm after the crowd of more than 70,000 was leaving the venue, after watching the burning of Ravana effigy.
While there was a toll of 32 deaths, including 20 women and 10 children on Tuesday evening, one more child’s death is reported by Saturday morning. According to reports, police said that at least 25 people are seriously injured.
There were protests by angry mob, shouting slogans, at the Ramghulam square near Gandhi Maidan. While many vehicles have neen attacked by the mob, police has resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.
According to reports, officials of the district administration say, the stampede was result of the rumours that a live high tension wire had fallen on the road near the gate of the Gandhi Maidan. However, people also blame for closing two exit of the venue. The Maidan has four exits but only two were used on Friday, they claimed.
Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has declared a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the relatives of the victims. An official in the Chief Minister’s Office said that Minister has ordered an inquiry by Home Secretary and Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Gupteshwar Pandey. "The government has asked Home Secretary Amir Subhani and ADG Pandey to investigate into the incident, particularly the cause of the stampede," he said. The investigation report is supposed to submit within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a fund of Rs 2 lakh has been approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to the next of kin of those killed. Modi has asked Manjhi to provide all possible treatments to the injured.
Regarding the tragic incident, reports say, Patna District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma said "There was a rush towards the exit gate that several women and children were run over in the frenzy."