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Salkanpur stampede exposes lapse in security

Mahendra Thakur, Hindustan Times   Sehore, October 22, 2012
First Published: 11:12 IST(22/10/2012) | Last Updated: 11:13 IST(22/10/2012)

There was a serious security arrangement lapse committed by the district administration Sehore at renowned Ma Vijayasan Temple, Salkanpur that resulted in a stampede, which left two dead and scores of others injured on Saturday. Sehore happens to be the home district of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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The photographs taken at the time of incident show the injured being helped and taken away by their colleagues. There were no policemen around.

The administration knew well that Navratra witnesses a large number of devouts visiting the temple to have a glimpse of the presiding deity. But it seemed either there was no police personnel at the time of stampede or they were only a few in number not enough to tackle the situation well.

Sehore collector Kavindra Kiyawat has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Additional district magistrate would conduct the inquiry. The security arrangements were reviewed after the incident following which vehicular movement up to the temple has been banned. The handicapped or infirm can go up to the temple with the help of ropeway by paying fee.

The stampede took place when an old person while going downstairs lost his control and fell over the person ahead of him. The deceased include 14-year-old Rani and 35-year-old Bhuriabai. Of the 23 injured 13 were referred to Bhopal for treatment.


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