THERE WAS a virtual stampede at a function organised by supporters of All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh for distribution of blankets to people living below poverty line (BPL) at Anna Nagar here on Wednesday evening.
Trouble began after public meeting addressed by Singh and other Congress leaders. The organisers started calling names of persons, who were to receive blankets from Digvijay Singh. The entire area was steeped in stark darkness as there was no streetlight and the generator placed at the meeting site had broken down.
There were more than 3000 persons at the site, many of them women, while blankets were to be given to only 450 persons selected by the Block Congress Committee (BCC).
As none of the people budged from the place following public meeting, anticipating that they might all receive blankets, persons whose names were called could not come up to dais. A virtual stampede ensued at the site. As organisers tried to control the people, police stood nearby till Digvijay Singh left the site.
Chief organiser of the event Govind Goyal later requested people to vacate the site and said that all those persons, who were to receive blankets are registered with the BCC with their photographs, and they could pick their blankets from the BCC office on Thursday. It was then that the crowd dispersed and normalcy restored at the public meeting site.