At least 24 people were killed and many others were injured on October 15 during a stampede at Rajghat bridge between Varanasi and Chandauli.
The incident took place when thousands of followers of Baba Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of Ganga to take part in the two-day ‘samagam.’
Reports suggest ‘bridge collapse’ rumours led to the chaos and stampede. About one lakh devotees took part in the procession despite the fact that permission was sought for a gathering of only 3,000 people.
Police and rescue officials have reached the stampede site to carry out relief and rescue measures. Confirmation of 19 deaths have been made by the district administration.
An inquiry will be instituted to find out the cause of the stampede, he said.
Injured have been taken to nearby hospitals.
In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 2 lakhs each for kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for the critically injured. Meanwhile, those injured would be treated free of cost at the hospital.
Jai Baba Gurudev is an influential socio-religious organization in north India. It has mass following from a major section of people of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
The stampede also raises question at the security arrangements at place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sorrow over the loss of lives. He tweeted: