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Hathras Stampede, Rahul Gandhi set to visit Pilakhna village, meet victim families


Congress leader and LoP, Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader and LoP, Rahul Gandhi is set to visit Pilakhna village in Aligarh, to meet the victim families of the Hathras stampede incident. The stampede which is now being investigated by judicial commission, claimed 121 lives thus far.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday arrested six members of the panel that organised the religious event in honour of preacher Bhole Baba. The preacher Surajpal, also known as Narayan Sakar Hari or Bhole Baba, has thus far not been named in the FIR registered by the UP police. He has thus far not emerged out in public domain. But it is quite possible that he might be questioned by the probe commission.

Police has identified the main accused as Devprakash Madhukar and is absconding. "A non-bailable warrant (NBW) will also be issued against key accused Devprakash Madhukar," stated the police. 

According to the preliminary report by the Hathras administration, the stampede occurred after Bhole Baba left the event venue as his devotees rushed to collect the dirt around his feet. The administration has alleged that 2.5 lakh people congregated at the venue against the permitted limit of 80,000.