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PHOTOS: Stampede at Chhat Puja in Patna; 10 dead including 4 children

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  • Nov 20, 2012, 00:32 AM IST
PHOTOS: Stampede at Chhat Puja in Patna; 10 dead including 4 children
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Patna: At least 17 people were killed and many others injured in a stampede on Monday at Adalatghat here on the bank of river Ganga during Chhath puja. The stampede occurred when panicked devotees rushed for safety after a make-shift bridge caved in at the ghat. 

 
Bihar Chief Secretary A K Sinha told a press conference on Monday night that the incident, which occured at around 7 PM on Monday, claimed ten lives.
 
He said bodies of four children and a woman were kept at Patna Medical College Hospital.
 
Earlier in the day, Senior Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Jayant Kant, had put the toll at 14.
 
 

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    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the deaths did not take place due to bridge collapse but because of the stampede.

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    The stampede broke out as the devotees, returning home after the 'Arghya' at the ghat to the Sun God, tried to rush out of a narrow makeshift bridge and approach a wider pontoon bridge by climbing steep stairs at the bank, Sinha said.

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    The stampede broke out as the devotees, returning home after the 'Arghya' at the ghat to the Sun God, tried to rush out of a narrow makeshift bridge and approach a wider pontoon bridge by climbing steep stairs at the bank, Sinha said.

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    Kumar said the doctors, however, returned following the intervention of the Principal Secretary (Health) and the DGP.

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    He said a thorough probe has been ordered into the incident and if any loopholes are found in the arrangements made at the ghat for the Chhat festival, action would be taken against the people responsible for it.

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    The Chief Minister announced Rs. Two lakh compensation to the next of kin of the victims, an official spokesman said.

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