2 Jul 2024

Nearly 120 feared dead in stampede in Hathras, UP during Satsang event

The tragic stampede incident in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, resulted in the loss of about 116 lives, as confirmed by police officials. The deceased include a large number of women and children and the death toll is likely to rise further.

Following this unfortunate event, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has initiated an investigation, appointing a team led by the Additional Director General of Police and the Aligarh Police Commissioner to determine the causes of the tragedy.

During a religious gathering in Mughalgarhi village of Hathras district, the stampede took place. Currently, 27 deceased individuals have been brought to Etah Hospital, comprising 23 women, 3 children, and 1 man. More injured are being rushed to the hospital, according to Rajesh Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police in Etah. The process of identifying the deceased is underway.

The SSP of Etah mentioned that a large crowd had assembled for the event. Although the exact cause is still under investigation, it is speculated that overcrowding may have led to the stampede, as reported by SHO Ashish Kumar of Sikandara Rao police station.

“It was a satsang meeting of Bhole Baba, a religious preacher. A temporary permission was granted for gathering at the spot on the border of Etah and Hathras district on Tuesday afternoon,” Inspector General (Aligarh Range) Shalabh Mathur said.

Some of the deceased who have been identified are - Ganga Devi (70) from Hathras, Priyanka (20) from Kasganj, Jasoda (70) from Mathura, and Saroj Lata (60) from Etah. Two deceased children have also been identified - Kavya (4) and Ayush (8), both hailing from Shahjahnpur.

Stampede took place when the religious event ended

According to one of the survivors, the stampede took place when the religious event ended, and everyone was rushing to leave the place.

“There was a huge crowd gathered of followers at the spot. There was no way out, and everybody fell on each other, and a stampede took place. When I tried to move out, there were motorcycles parked outside, which blocked my way. Many fainted while others died,” a victim, who was admitted to a nearby hospital, said.

The exact cause of the incident is being investigated.

Yogi Adityanath expressed grief 

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and directed the officials in and around Hathras district to speed up rescue and relief operations. “He has also given instructions to investigate the causes of the incident under the leadership of ADG Agra and Commissioner Aligarh,” the CM's Office wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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