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Allahabad stampede: 36 killed, Bansal orders high-level probe

Allahabad, Feb 12 (): Disapproving negligence on its part in connection with the stampede at the Allahabad railway station on Sunday, the Uttar Pradesh government yesterday objected saying that they were in no way responsible for the tragedy in which thirty-six people were killed.

However citing moral responsibility,  Kumbh Mela in-charge Azam Khan resigned his post, despite  the confirmation by top Uttar Pradesh government officials, that responsibility could only be fixed after the investigation takes place.

Indicating that the state administration is to be blamed for the tragedy, Union Minister for Railways, Pawan Kumar Bansal said that he has demanded CCTV footage from the platform. Arrangements were being made by the railways for the pilgrims to travel from Allahabad as a number of trains have already left from Kumbh. Trains from other destination were also cancelled to accommodate more trains for Kumbh, said the minister.

Meanwhile, the opposition charged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for not visiting the spot and the victims as he was busy with his cousin’s marriage. A few state ministers were also said to have joined the Chief Minister to attend his cousin’s marriage.

Later, state Panchayati Raj Minister Balram Yadav along with Transport Minister Durga Prasad was directed by the Chief Minister to visit the spot and watch over the operations. Balram Yadav said that he had made arrangements of the dead bodies reaching their families and also said that the government will see they get their compensation.

While Uttar Pradesh DGP AC Sharma was asked about the lapse, he said that a huge crowd which gathered at platforms 4 and 6 were not controllable and rushed forward from one end and also added saying that the exact cause will be known only after the investigation.

Taking into consideration the seriousness of the stampede, Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi has asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to take stock of the situation. The Allahabad railway station was also directed to submit its report within one month.

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