Ranchi: A Jharkhand government official has admitted administrative failure in handling the rush of devotees at Deoghar that led to a stampede leaving 11 people dead.
A three-member probe team headed by Additional Chief Secretary N.N. Pandey submitted its initial report on the Monday tragedy to the government.
“The initial report indicates administrative failure … causing the stampede,” an official source said.
Based on the initial probe, the government suspended four officials including Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar, Superintendent of Police P. Murugan, civil surgeon Diwakar Kamat and regional deputy director of health services Shiva Shankar Prasad.
According to residents, around 3,000 to 5,000 devotees had gathered near Belabagan in Deoghar district and some queues were over 10 km long.
Around 4.30 a.m. on Monday, some devotees shouted that the temple door was open. Immediately, some devotees started running towards the temple after breaking the queue.
There was no light and the devotees ran over the sleeping devotees, causing chaos.
The situation worsened when police used batons. Eventually, 11 people were killed and more than 50 injured.
Four of the seriously injured were flown to Ranchi for treatment.
The devotees walk with Ganga water from Sultanganj in Bihar to the Baba Baidhyanath Shiva temple at Deogarh, a distance of around 110 km.
Every year more than 30 lakh devotes reach Deoghar.
The ‘Tribes of India’ will showcase the lifestyle, culinary culture, conditions of living of the tribes
It is going to be amazing to form a database collecting all the information regarding the characteristics of the tribes, as those will be accessible in the distance of a click
Experts from the ministry has also stated that the database would be frequently updated with new research inputs from sources and scientists
New Delhi, August 10, 2017: The very first attempt at producing a documentation of the lives of the tribal in India, is ongoing. The ‘Tribes of India’ will showcase the lifestyle, culinary culture, conditions of living, and historical and chronological facts regarding the evolution of their traditions and culture. The ‘repertoire’ is focusing on answering questions such as- the difference between the Gond tribe of Uttar Pradesh and the Gonds of Jharkhand, whether the tribes in Jharkhand possess a secret cure for anemia, and the status of living of the Santhals in the remote forest-zones.
A database on the tribes of India is to be created by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The project aims to bring into light the art and culture, history of evolution and anthropological facts, lifestyle and eating practices, the rate of mortality, education system, architecture and the contribution of the tribals in India’s struggle for freedom, Economic Times has reported.
It has been planned that the database would contain rare and exclusive videos and photographs, above thousands, which have been collected from various Tribal Research Institutes around the country. It is true that the research institute has always showcased such collections, but this is the first time it is going to be saved in an exclusive database.
It is going to be amazing to form a database collecting all the information regarding the characteristics of the tribes, as those will be accessible in the distance of a click, from now on. Techniques to introduce a feature that would enable a viewer to take a virtual tour of the architecture of a tribal hut is also going to be implemented, a senior ministry official said to Economic Times.
According to the report, about 10 crore scheduled-tribe people form an 8.6% of the entire population of the country. But it has been observed that there has been no sincere attempt to showcase and explore the unique lifestyle of the tribes. The official further stated that the database would pose as an excellent guide for the research-scholars because it will contain the necessary statistics. Experts from the ministry have also stated that the database would be frequently updated with new research inputs from sources and scientists.
The database is to follow the effort of the government to explore and showcase the lifestyle of the Indian tribes and dedicate some museums as well to the tribes. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addressed the nation and asked all to explore and research on the contributions made by the Scheduled Tribes in India’s freedom struggle, Economic Times has reported.
The database will also include links to the museums of various states post their construction.
-prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC