Hathras Stampede: Over 90 Dead During Religious Gathering in Uttar Pradesh

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Pune, 2nd July 2024: A tragic stampede during Bhole Baba’s satsang in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday has resulted in over 90 deaths, including women and children. The stampede occurred as the crowd was leaving and halted to allow Baba’s convoy to pass. Hundreds were injured, with 25 bodies already sent to the mortuary in Etah district, and many others being treated in hospitals.

The incident took place in the village of Fularai on the Sikandra Rao to Etah road. The stampede ensued when the crowd exiting the satsang was stopped for the passage of Baba’s convoy. This sudden halt led to panic and chaos, causing the deadly stampede. The death toll is reported to be around 90, with many of the victims being women and children.

District Magistrate Ashish Kumar and Superintendent of Police Nipun Agarwal quickly reached the scene to oversee the situation. The deceased include residents of Hathras and Etah, with bodies being transported to Aligarh and Etah for identification and post-mortem.

A large crowd gathered outside the mortuary as bodies were brought in, with grieving relatives mourning their loss. As of the latest update, 25 bodies have been brought to the Etah mortuary. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and directed district administration officials to ensure prompt treatment for the injured and expedite relief efforts.

Etah Chief Medical Officer Umesh Kumar Tripathi confirmed the death of 27 people in the incident, including 25 women and two men. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, taking note of the incident, extended his condolences to the affected families and wished for the speedy recovery of the injured. He has instructed officials to provide necessary medical assistance and expedite relief work on-site.

This tragic incident highlights the need for better crowd management and safety measures during large gatherings to prevent such devastating occurrences in the future.