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Hathras Stampede: Cannot rule out 'big conspiracy' behind stampede, says SIT report

Updated on: 09 July,2024 02:22 PM IST  |  Lucknow
Jasmeen Ara Shaikh | jasmeen.shaikh@mid-day.com

As per the SIT report, local SDM, circle officer, tehsildar (revenue official), inspector, and outpost in charge were guilty of negligence in discharging their duties

Hathras Stampede: Cannot rule out 'big conspiracy' behind stampede, says SIT report

Police personnel at the site after the incident on July 2. File Pic/PTI

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A local SDM, a circle officer and four others were suspended on Tuesday based on the SIT report on the Hathras stampede. The report  did not rule out a "big conspiracy" behind the incident, reported PTI.


The SIT report highlighted lapses on part of the local administration that led to the incident on July 2.
The report held the organisers responsible for the stampede and claimed that they did not make arrangements to manage the crowd. It also fixed the responsibility of administration, according to official sources.


According to the report, the local police and administration did not take the event seriously and failed to provide proper information to senior officers.


The investigation committee found the event organisers and the tehsil-level police and administration guilty. It said the local SDM, circle officer, tehsildar (revenue official), inspector, and outpost in charge were guilty of negligence in discharging their duties, reported PTI.

"In its preliminary investigation, the SIT has held the event organisers primarily responsible for the stampede on the basis of eyewitnesses and other evidence. The SIT did not rule out any big conspiracy behind the incident and has stated the need for a thorough investigation," officials said, reported PTI.

"The Sub-District Magistrate of Sikandrarau granted permission for the event without inspecting the venue and did not even inform the senior officials," the report said, adding the official did not take the event seriously.

The SIT recommended action against the concerned officials posted in Sikdanararau, including the SDM, circle officer, SHO Sikandrarau police station, tehsildar, and police outpost in charge of Kachora and Pora.

"The organisers took permission to organise the programme by hiding facts. The conditions applicable for permission were not followed. The organisers did not make adequate and smooth arrangements by inviting an unexpected crowd. Nor were the conditions of permission given by the local administration for the program followed," the SIT report said.

People associated with the organising committee have been found guilty of creating chaos, it said, adding that they engaged volunteers without proper police verification.

"The organising committee misbehaved with the police. An attempt was made to stop the local police from inspecting the event venue," it said.

The Satsangkarta or preacher (bhole baba) was allowed to meet the crowd without any security arrangements, it said. Given the huge crowd, no barricading or passage arrangements were made and when the accident occurred, the members of the organising committee fled from the spot, it added.

The SIT comprised Additional Director General of Police (Agra Zone) Anupam Kulshrestha and Aligarh Divisional Commissioner Chaitra V. It was formed immediately after the stampede. The SIT inspected the incident site on July 2, 3 and 5.

During the investigation, statements of 125 people, including administrative and police officials, the general public and eyewitnesses, were recorded.

Additionally, copies of news published in connection with the incident, on-site videography, photographs, and video clippings were taken into cognisance, said the PTI report.

A separate judicial commission is also probing the Hathras stampede case. It is headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Brijesh Kumar Shrivastava, and retired IPS Hemant Rao.

So far, nine people, including key accused Devprakash Madhukar, have been arrested in connection with the stampede.

Madhukar was the main organiser and fundraiser of the July 2 'satsang' of Bhole Baba at Phulrai village.

 

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