As many as 24 people, including 14 women, were killed and more than 30 injured in a stampede near Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli districts on Saturday when followers of Jai Gurudev were taking out a huge procession at an event to create awareness about vegetarianism and prohibition.
Reports are citing almost 70,000 to 80,000 people present at an event which was originally planned to be held with under 3000 people. The gross mismanagement owing to the huge number of people led to rumour-mongering that a bridge was about to collapse which prompted the masses to run for safety. The scuffling that followed led to a horrible stampede that resulted in instant death for as many as 15 people.
The organizers have cited lack of knowledge about the turnout as their inability to manage the masses, while the police are now investigating the origin of the said rumour.
While ordering a magisterial probe, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Azamgarh that the accountability for the mishap would be fixed. Varanasi DM Vijay Kiran Anand said a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of deceased has been announced by the CM.