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Gadkari expresses grief over Haridwar tragedy

Haridwar, Wed, 09 Nov 2011 ANI

Haridwar, Nov 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has expressed grief over the loss of lives in Tuesday's stampede in Haridwar.


Talking to reporters here after visiting the injured at a makeshift hospital, Gadkari said: "The incident that has happened is very unfortunate. I have also met members of the Gayatri family (organizers), who are also very disturbed by this accident. I have just met with the injured and they seem to be out of danger."


"I have also discussed any help that can be rendered by the government; I have also spoken to the chief minister. The government is willing to provide all possible resources to the victims and their families," he added.


Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri announced compensation of Rs. 2,00,000 to the each family of dead victims.


"We have decided to grant a compensation of Rs. 2,00,000 to the families of those victims who lost their lives in this tragic incident. The remaining investigation of the incident is underway," he said.


" This is a very unfortunate incident. I was informed that while a ritual was going on and some elderly people started suffocating and that led to their death. This led to an obvious stampede. Whatever investigation that is required in this case, will be conducted," he added.


At least 16 persons were killed and over 30 others were injured in a stampede that broke out during a religious procession to commemorate the centennial of a spiritual leader's birth at a ashram in Haridwar's Chandidweep area on Tuesday.


The stampede broke out when devotees tried to enter gates of the Shantikunj Ashram to take part in a 'yagya' as part of the centenary celebrations of ashram founder Pandit Shreeram Sharma. (ANI)


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