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Hathras Stampede, 116 dead, many injured, search on for preacher, FIR against 'Mukhya Sewadar'


In Uttar Pradesh, as the media descends on to Ram Kutir Charitable Trust i

In Uttar Pradesh, as the media descends on to Ram Kutir Charitable Trust in ​​Mainpuri district, a massive search operation is underway for 'Bhole Baba', who conducted a Satsang in Hathras where a stampede took place yesterday claiming the lives of 116 people. FIR registered under sections 105, 110, 126(2), 223 and 238 of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023 against one Devprakash Madhukar referred to as 'Mukhya Sewadar' and other organisers of the religious event where the stampede occurred.

It was devastating for many as over hundred died in a crush at a religious gathering in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state. The stampede took place at a satsang in Hathras district and there are large number of women and children among the dead.

On Hathras stampede incident, CMO Agra Dr. Arun Kumar Srivastava says, "21 bodies have been brought to Agra for postmortem, 17 people have been identified and four are still unidentified. One person is admitted to the District hospital and is undergoing treatment." Hathras CMO Manjeet Singh also confirmed, "10 patients are admitted here and all of them are stable. 38 bodies came here. Four of them were sent to Agra. Post-mortem of the remaining 34 was completed... Two will be sent now and two of them are unidentified..."

Some of the survivors elaborated that the exit may have been too narrow when the Satsang ended and something provoked a rush to the outside. The event was happening in Mughalgarhi village. Something horribly wrong happened when the sermon finished and the crowd was on its way out, says a local. 

As the distressing images went online, the nation was hooked to the debate ongoing in the Parliament of India. It was the Prime Minister's speech that was on when the news started rolling in. PM Modi took time from his speech to express grief and all the support for the victims.

Netizens are blaming the district administration for not paying attention to such a massive gathering of people and how that led to this disaster. In Hathras, the screams of distraught family members can be heard in the local hospital. Many people are trying to find their loved ones, many bodies are unclaimed.