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Hathras stampede, preacher Surajpal issues video statement, '...deeply saddened..' , he says

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In the Hathras stampede case that

In the Hathras stampede case that claimed over 120 lives, the video statement of preacher Surajpal also known as 'Bhole Baba' has now emerged. He says, "... I am deeply saddened after the incident of July 2. May God give us the strength to bear this pain. Please keep faith in the government and the administration. I have faith that anyone who created the chaos would not be spared... Through my lawyer AP Singh, I have requested the members of the committee to stand with the bereaved families and the injured and help them throughout their lives..."

Preacher's advocate AP Singh also issued a video statement saying, "Dev Prakash Madhukar who was named in the FIR in the Hathras case, was said to be the main organiser has surrendered in front of SIT, STF and Police. It was my promise that we will not use any anticipatory bail, will not file any application and will not go to any court, because what have we done? What is our crime? We told you that we would surrender Dev Prakash Madhukar, take him in front of the police, interrogate him, participate in the investigation, and take part in the inquiry; we have handed him over to the SIT and the Uttar Pradesh Police. Now a thorough investigation can be done...His health should be taken care of, he is a heart patient and nothing wrong should happen to him..."
On the video statement of Surajpal also known as 'Bhole Baba', Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Chief Priest, Acharya Satyendra Das says, "When the incident happened, he went underground till now. Now after a few days, he is saying that he is saddened by the tragic incident. This is completely wrong. The one who organises a 'Satsang' is responsible for the incidents that take place during that time. It was his responsibility. He should step forward and accept his crime..."

This comes as the Uttar Pradesh police now has the custody of the main accused, the Mukhya Sewadar Devprakash Madhukar. Even as police describes Madhukar as main accused, there was rising pressure from the media and others that the preacher must come forward and issue a statement on the ghastly episode that claimed so many lives including women and children.