Under pressure to fix responsibility for the stampede at Gandhi maidan here on Friday that left 33 dead and scores injured, Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has axed the entire team of officials comprising the Patna administration.
Late on Sunday, the government formally notified the transfer with immediate effect of Patna divisional commissioner N Vijayalakshmi, DIG Ajitabh Kumar, district magistrate Manish Kumar Verma and SSP Manu Maharaj.
Meanwhile, the Bihar government has 'showcaused' the head of a locally stationed unit of the NDRF for its alleged failure to respond urgently to its 'SOS' after the stampede here on Friday that left 33 dead and scores injured.
Sources cited the transfers as the government's tacit acknowledgement that administrative lapses may have played a hand in the Dussehra evening stampede at the southern exit gate of Gandhi maidan, after the ceremonial slaying of Ravan, that marks the conclusion of festivities.
In all, the government notified the transfer of 11 officers, including five IPS officers.
The decision raised eyebrows, coming as it did, on a Sunday and before the completion of an administrative probe into the incident.