Srinagar11 hours ago
The new year has started with a tragic accident. Twelve people were killed in a stampede at the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir at around 2:45 pm. 14 people have been injured. The condition of 3 of them is said to be critical. All the injured have been admitted to Narayana Hospital in Katra.
Government issued helpline numbers
The government has issued helpline numbers. Helpline numbers- 01991-234804, 01991-234804; Information about the dead and injured can be obtained by calling PCR Reasi- 9622856295, DC Office Reasi Control Room No- 01991-245763, 9419839557.
So far 8 have been identified among the dead.
1. Dheeraj Kumar, age 26 years, son Tarlok Kumar, resident Nowshera Rajouri
2. Shweta Singh, age 35 years, wife Vikrant Singh, resident of Ghaziabad UP
3. Vinay Kumar, age 24 years, son Mahesh Chander, resident of Badarpur Delhi
4. Sonu Pandey, age 24 years, son Narinder Pandey, resident of Badarpur Delhi
5. Su. Mamta, age 38 years, wife Surinder, resident of Beri Jharjar Haryana
6. Dharamveer Singh, age 35, resident of Salapur, Saharanpur, UP
7. Vineet Kumar, age 38 years, son Virampal Singh, resident of Saharanpur UP
8. Dr. Arun Pratap Singh, age 30 years, son Sat Prakash Singh resident of Gorakhpur UP
DGP said – there was a dispute between the devotees
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said that according to initial reports, there was a dispute between the devotees over some issue. There was a scuffle between them, which led to a stampede. The people present at the spot said that adequate security arrangements were not in place. A devotee said that a large number of people had gathered. There was no way out.
People were injured due to crushing during the stampede, they were hurriedly brought to the hospital.
declaration of compensation
Those who lost their lives in the stampede are from UP, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir. The journey continues even after the accident. On the other hand, the central government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured. At the same time, Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has announced an assistance of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the dead and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured.
Teams of relief and rescue teams have reached Narayana Hospital with the injured in the stampede.
PM Modi is monitoring the situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the accident. He tweeted and said, ‘Extremely saddened by the death of people in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. The Prime Minister has spoken to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Union Minister Nityanand Rai regarding the accident and is monitoring the situation.
This picture is from the aftermath of the stampede. People are seen in panic after the accident.
Home Minister Amit Shah said – all possible help is being given
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also condoled the accident. He tweeted, ‘Heart is deeply pained by this tragic accident. I have spoken to Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. The administration is working continuously to provide treatment to the injured. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident.