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Allahabad stampede: UP guv summons CM Akhilesh

PTI  Lucknow, February 11, 2013
First Published: 19:29 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:00 IST(11/2/2013)

Taking a serious note of the stampede at Allahabad railway station, Uttar Pradesh governor, BL Joshi on Monday summoned UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to take stock of the situation there.

The governor, who was attending a meeting in Delhi, rushed back to Lucknow in the afternoon and summoned the chief minister, who had to return from Etawah where he had gone to attend a family function.

Raj Bhawan sources said the chief minister was asked to apprise the governor of the details of incidents and the ongoing relief and rescue measures.

Coming out of the meeting which lasted 20 minutes, the chief minister told waiting newspersons that the governor is concerned over the incidents and he has been apprised of the events and the relief measures.

The entire government and officials are concerned and sad over the incidents, the chief minister said, adding that the officials were working with full sincerity and all out relief measures had been taken.

The chief minister lost his cool when he was told that allegations were being leveled against his government that it was insensitive and when a reporter asked him whether he would visit Allahabad.

"The language which is being used by one-two news channels since yesterday (Sunday) is not right. Two ministers have been sent there. I do not want to speak on who is responsible for the incidents though you have also made a reference to it but I request you to choose your words properly," Yadav said.


 

Akhilesh on Monday said that those injured in Allahabad railway station stampede would be given a financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakhs.

The chief minister on Monday visited the family of Arvind Kumar Tiwari of Etawah who died in the stampede on Sunday and said that instead of Rs. 1 lakh, as announced earlier, those injured would get a financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh.


The over-crowded Allahabad railway station where atleast 10 people died in a stampade. UNI

Yadav said as of now the priority of the government is to ensure that the bodies of the deceased reached their families at the earliest and the injured get proper medical attention.

"The first challenge before the government and its officials is that those remaining in the Kumbh reach their homes safely," Yadav said.

To questions on the inquiry ordered into the incident, he said that it would cover all the aspects and any comment or putting blame on anyone before the completion of the probe would not be proper.

"All the senior officials including the chief secretary, DGP, divisional commissioner are present there and are looking after the arrangements and if required more officials would be send there", Yadav added.


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