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Riot of colours to hit Mahakumbh on Basant Panchami; Security scaled up post-stampede

Posted on Feb 13, 10:41AM | UNI

Allahabad, Feb 12 : As confusion pervaded camps of Kumbh mela over scores of missing pilgrims after a tragic stampede at the railway station here on Sunday, elaborate security arrangements were mounted afresh ahead of the next bathing day on Basant Panchami, the day a riot of colours will hit the city, on Friday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited the injured people in SRN hospital here this afternoon, two days after 36 people were killed and 37 others injured in a
stampede at a railway station in the city.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, he said all efforts would be made to prevent its recurrence in future.

Missing pilgrims relatives are running helter-skelter to trace

them for last two days ever since stampede spoilt the pilgrimage and confusion prevailed due to availibility of only skeletal information at railway stations, nursing homes and camps

pitched on the vast expanse of banks.

Scores of panic-stricken pilgrims are still camping at


station to leave the city after main bathing day-Mauni Amavasya- while a fresh stream of devotees is trickling in the city for next auspicious occasion of the bath in the ongoing mahakumbh.

All possible measures would be taken for next main bathing festival on February 15 on the occasion of Basant Panchami, he announced.

He said the prime objective of the state government was to provide best treatment to the injured and sending the

of the deceased to their respective homes.

Thirty seven devotees were killed and 39 others injured in

a stampede at Allahabad railway station when they were
returning after taking holy dip in the Sangam, the confluence of river Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, on the main bathing festival of Mauni Amavasya during Mahakumbh.

Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said, ''Nothing could be said till the probe is complete.''