Chief Minister Yogi ordered a judicial inquiry into the Hathras stampede case, expressed suspicion of a conspiracy

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Hathras. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday announced a judicial inquiry into the stampede that occurred after a satsang in Hathras, expressing suspicion of a conspiracy. The Chief Minister said in a press conference in Hathras that a judicial inquiry will be conducted under the leadership of a retired High Court judge into the stampede that took place after the satsang of Narayan Sakar Vishwa Hari ‘Bhole Baba’ on Tuesday in Sikandrarao and its notification will be issued today itself.

Pointing towards a conspiracy in the incident, he said, “Was it an accident or a conspiracy and if there was a conspiracy, then who is involved in it… To know all these aspects, we will also conduct a judicial inquiry which will be headed by a retired judge of the High Court.” He said that retired officials of the administration and police will also be included in it so that the incident can be investigated and whoever is guilty for this will be punished. The Chief Minister also said that the sevadars (volunteers working for ‘satsang’ organizers) should have taken the victims to the hospital. Adityanath claimed that people were dying and the “sevadars” ran away. The Chief Minister met the people injured in the incident at the religious gathering place here and took information from eyewitnesses about the conditions before the tragedy.

Adityanath said that for this entire incident, the government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the chairmanship of Additional Director General of Police, Agra, which has given its preliminary report. He said that they have been asked to get to the bottom of this incident and there are many aspects on which investigation is very important.

Adityanath said, “Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be prepared to prevent recurrence of such incident so that it can be implemented in any such big event in future. All these things will be ensured.” On Tuesday, lakhs of devotees gathered in the program of Narayan Sakar Vishwa Hari ‘Bhole Baba’ in Phulrai village of Hathras district. During this, 121 devotees died in the stampede. 31 others were injured in the incident.

On the question of why a case was not registered against Vishwahari in this case, the Chief Minister said, “Prima facie, a case is filed against those who had applied for permission for the program. After that, its scope increases. Whoever is responsible for this will come under its scope.” Adityanath said that he reached the district hospital and enquired about the condition of the injured and during this he was told that the accident happened after the program.

He told that the story of this ‘Sajjan’ (Bhole Baba) was completed in the program and as soon as his convoy moved forward after coming down from the stage, a group of women started going towards this Baba to touch his feet and the crowd also started going behind this group, then people started falling on each other. Adityanath said that the sevadars present in the program also kept pushing the people due to which such an accident happened on both sides of GT Road and inside it.

He said that the most sad aspect of this was that in such events, the sevadars do not allow the administration to enter the event venue and they tried to suppress the matter immediately after the accident or initially during the accident, but when the administration started the process of taking the injured to the hospital, most of the sevadars ran away from there.

He said, “Further action is being taken to fix the accountability of the people responsible in this entire incident. For this, some special teams have been formed whose proceedings will now begin in different districts and further action will be taken after the initial investigation.” On being asked about the opposition parties cornering the government over the Hathras incident, the Chief Minister said, “Some people have a tendency to find politics in such tragic incidents. Such people have the nature of stealing as well as slandering the chest.” Pointing towards Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, he said that everyone knows with whom the photo of that ‘gentleman’ (Bhole Baba) is and with whom he has political relations.

Adityanath said, “You people must have seen where such stampedes took place during rallies and I think it is necessary to get to the bottom of it. Those who play with the lives of innocent people will also be held accountable.” When asked why the sevadars do not allow the administration to enter the venue of religious events, the Chief Minister said that the administration at first glance assumes that it is a religious event and their sevadars will take the responsibility of such events inside themselves. He said that police force is deployed there for caution but it is in the outer area.

The Chief Minister said that wherever people come with religious and spiritual devotion, the crowd remains disciplined, but when the same program becomes a toy in the hands of vested selfish elements, then a scene of indiscipline is seen there. He said that if it was an accident, then the sevadars should have improved their system there and if they were not able to do so, then they should have taken the help of the administration and made arrangements to take the accident victims to the hospital. Adityanath said that the other aspect of this is that people kept dying in the accident and the sevadars ran away from there.

The Chief Minister said that 121 devotees have died in the entire incident who were residents of Uttar Pradesh as well as Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. He said that some devotees from Hathras, Badaun, Kasganj, Aligarh, Etah, Lalitpur, Shahjahanpur, Agra, Firozabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Mathura, Auraiya, Bulandshahr, Pilibhit, Sambhal and Lakhimpur Kheri districts of Uttar Pradesh have also become victims of this accident.
The Chief Minister met the injured in the district hospital and enquired about their condition. He met the eyewitnesses of the stampede in the police line and inquired about the sequence of events.

BJP state president Bhupendra Chaudhary, Uttar Pradesh ministers Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, Asim Arun and Sandeep Singh, as well as local MLAs, Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Singh and Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Sanjay Prasad were also present on the occasion. After meeting the injured, Adityanath reached the stampede site in Sikandrarao, where Aligarh Divisional Commissioner informed him about the accident. A senior official said on Wednesday that an FIR has been registered against chief sevadar Devprakash Madhukar and other sevadars at Sikandrarao police station late on Tuesday night. This case has been registered on the complaint of Sub Inspector Brijesh Pandey, in-charge of Pora outpost of Sikandrarao police station.

A case has been registered under sections 105 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 110 (attempt to commit culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 126 (2) (wrongful restraint), 223 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 238 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code, the official said.
It has been said in the complaint that the organizers had told the administration that this time only 80 thousand people would gather while hiding the fact that lakhs of people had gathered in the previous programs. The administration had made security arrangements accordingly, but more than two and a half lakh people came to the satsang, which created chaos.

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