Hathras Stampede: Local Administration Held Accountable, 6 Suspended

SIT report points to inadequate crowd management as main cause of deadly incident
Hathras Stampede: Local Administration Held Accountable, 6 Suspended

Hathras-A week after 121 people lost their lives in a stampede during a satsang in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the July 2 case, on Tuesday submitted a nearly 300-page report. Sources said the report held overcrowding as the main reason behind the stampede, and it did not rule out 'conspiracy' in the incident.

According to the SIT report, " negligence by event organizers is the main reason behind the incident. Based on SIT report, 6 persons including SDM, CO and Tehsildar of Hathras district have been suspended."

The SIT also said that local administration was also held accountable. According to the report of the special investigation team, "The event organizers did not make adequate arrangements for the crowds gathered, says the SIT in its report."

The SIT team, which visited the place two days after the incident, questioned about 125 people and then filed its report.

After the filing of the report, the government suspended the SDM, Tehsildar, Circle Officer, SO, and two other police officers of Sikandra Rau. The government also demanded that the local administration strengthen its arrangements for the safety of the people during the stampede.

The SIT report did not mention the ‘godman’ Suraj Pal, also known as Bhole Baba or Narayan Sakaar Hari, among those it found guilty. The victims of the stampede had come to attend a Satsang (religious gathering) held by Bhole Baba, the police constable turned religious preacher. The police had earlier said the victims, almost all of them women, fell on the uneven surface while trying to collect soil the preacher had walked on before he left the venue at the Sikandra Rao area of Hathras.

The suspended officials are SDM Ravindra Kumar, Circle Officer Anand Kumar, Station House Officer Ashish Kumar, Tehsildar Sushil Kumar, chowki incharge of Kachora Manveer Singh, and chowki incharge of Pora Brijesh Pandey.

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