At least 37 people have died in a stampede that occurred in India during the Hindu Festival ,one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. The stampede occurred on Sunday evening at the city’s train station and police has been blamed for the incident,The National Post says
State minister Mohammed Azam Khan says he has taken the “moral responsibility” for the stampede and submitted his resignation although the incident took place outside the Kumbh festival area.
“We heard an announcement that our train is coming on platform No. 4 and when we started moving toward that platform through a footbridge, we were stopped. Then suddenly the police charged us with batons and the stampede started,” One witness ,Shushanto Kumar said
“People started tumbling over one another and within no time I saw people, particularly women and children, being trampled over by others,” He added
Police denied they had used batons to control the crowd.
“It was simply a case of overcrowding. People were in a hurry to go back and there were not enough arrangements by the railway authorities,” said Arun Kumar, a senior police officer.
People thronged to the main hospital in Allahabad to check for relatives among the dead and 39 injured at the Hindu Festival.
Over 30 million Hindus took a dip Sunday at the Sangam — the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers — as part of the 55-day Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. Sunday was one of the holiest days to bathe.