New Delhi: At least 24 people have been confirmed dead by authorities in a stampede during Baba Jai Gurudev's sabha in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
The stampede took place at the Rajghat Bridge situated on River Ganga where hordes of people trampled on top of each other, resulting in the death of at least 24 people and more than 60 injured.
Crowd management has been suspected to have failed to control the crowd attending the sabha.
Out of the 24 dead, 15 have been confirmed as females while the rest are males.
Death toll in stampede during Baba Jai Gurdev's sabha in Varanasi rises to 14 pic.twitter.com/PjLpHqzH2y
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Ambulances on standby were immediately rushed to the spot and the injured were taken to the hospital.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death and said that all possible help was being ensured to the people.
Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 15, 2016
Speaking on the incident, UP IG (Law and Order) said, "It will be probed as to who is responsible, arrangements for crowd control and the lapses".
Also, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who had earlier announced a compensation of Rs 2 Lakh each for the kin of those who lost their life and Rs 50,000 each the injured, but now the compensation has been increased to Rs 5 Lakh.
Samajwadi Party spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia while expressing his concern on the incident said, "It (Varanasi stampede) is an unfortunate incident. CM office monitoring situation. Guilty will be booked for negligence".
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