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Kumbh stampede: Akhilesh meets injured

Posted on Feb 12, 05:13PM | IBNS

Allahabad, Feb 12 : Two days after a stampede at the Allahabad railway station killed at least 36 people, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday met those injured in the mishap at Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital here.

Speaking to media outside the hospital, Yadav said: "There should not be any politics when a tragedy occurs during an event like Kumbh Mela."

"All answers will be revealed in the probe. It will not be correct to blame anyone without investigation. Wait for the report to come out," the Chief Minister said.

Both the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government have denied responsibility for the the lapses that contributed to the rise in deaths following the stampede at Allahabad railway station on Sunday night.

Denying the charges, both the governments have blamed the sea of humanity and the heavy rush of passengers, returning after a holy at the Maha Kumbh, which is the world's largest religious congregation.

"We all know who is at fault for this incident," Yadav was earlier quoted as saying.

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Monday has resigned as the head of Kumbh Mela Management Committee "on moral grounds."

Speaking to reporters, Khan said: "Though the incident took place outside the Kumbh Mela premises, I take the responsibility of the fiasco and resign as the in-charge of the Kumbh."

The UP government has asserted to complete an inquiry within a month and has declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families of the dead.

Railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Monday had clarified that there was no lapses in train services or any administrative failures.

Reports quoting eyewitnesses said the stampede was triggered by a baton-charge by the police, but the authorities denied it.

There were also complaints of the authorities responding very late to the crisis. Only one doctor was reportedly attending to the injured at the station and the police took hours to remove the bodies from the station. Some of the dead are yet to be identified.

At least 36 people were killed and several others were injured in the stampede at the Allahabad railway station on Sunday.

Earlier reports said the stampede took place on a footbridge between platforms 5 and 6.

Most people present at the station during that time were devotees who had come to take a holy dip at the Maha Kumbh mela on the occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya'.