3 Apr 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Indore Beleshwar Temple Stepwell Tragedy: IMC Bulldozers Remove Encroachments From Religious Complex

Indore: The Indore administration on Monday morning launched a drive to remove encroachments from Beleshwar Temple four days after the stepwell roof collapse that claimed 36 lives.

The deities have been moved to another shrine and encroachments are being cleared from the Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal temple complex in Patel Nagar area. Heavy police security has been deployed and barricades were placed on roads leading to the temple, officials said.

Action is being taken to remove encroachments from about 10,000 square feet of land around the temple premises.


Hindu outfits oppose

Activists of Bajrang Dal and Hinduist organizations protested against the removal of the encroachment of the temple. Police force has been deployed outside the temple. The administration also removed the encroachment of religious places in Lidd Wala Kuan, Sukhliya and Gadrakhedi.

 After the tragedy last Thursday, an FIR was filed against Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal Temple Trust president Sevaram Galani and secretary Murli Kumar Sabnani under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), Juni Indore police station in-charge Neeraj Meda said.

Meanwhile, a temple priest present on the spot said prayers were offered to idols at the temple according to rituals and they were shifted to Kantafod temple.

CM asks collectors to identify traditional ancient wells and stepwells across the state

Meanwhile, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed all district collectors to identify traditional ancient wells and stepwells and prepare a list. CM Chouhan said that stay particularly alert about wells and stepwells which have been covered without filling. If there is such a place, such arrangements should be made by opening them so that there is no possibility of an accident.

Ensure that an incident like Indore does not recur anywhere: CM

CM Shivraj said if necessary, boundary wall, fencing or railing should be made around such places. Information about wells and stepwells should also be obtained from the local elders. It should be ensured that an incident like Indore does not recur anywhere in the state. CM Shri Chouhan was addressing the District Collectors virtually from the residence office.


Chief Minister said that be careful about open boreholes. Such boreholes located on government and private land should be identified. Action should be taken against the concerned officer-employee in case of open borehole on government land and on the concerned land owner if borehole is found open on private land.

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