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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.

(IANS)

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In Jharkhand Lynching Case, Guilty Would Be Punished: Jayant Sinha

In a picture that has gone viral, the Union Minister could be seen garlanding the convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand

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Sinha further said that he has full faith in our judiciary
Sinha said that he has full faith in our judiciary. Flickr

After sparking a political storm by welcoming eight men who were convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand with a garland, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday said that the Ranchi High Court has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail.

The Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation said on Twitter, “In the Ramgarh case (mob lynching), the Ranchi High Court, which is the first court of appeal, has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard.” Sinha further said that he has full faith in our judiciary and that those who are innocent would be spared while the guilty would be appropriately punished.

“I have full faith in our judiciary and rule of law. Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honoring due process of law. Those that are innocent will be spared and guilty will be appropriately punished,” he said.

He added, “I have repeatedly expressed my misgivings about the Fast-Track Court judgement sentencing each accused to life imprisonment. I am pleased that the Hon’ble High Court will hear the matter as a statutory court of appeal to test the correctness of the Fast-Track Court order.” Sinha, who represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha, yesterday felicitated eight men convicted for killing a meat trader in Jharkhand last year.

In a picture that has gone viral, the Union Minister could be seen garlanding the convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand at his residence on the outskirts of Hazaribagh.

A Ramgarh Court had sentenced the 11 accused, in connection with the Alimuddin murder case in Ramgarh district to a lifetime in prison.

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Alimuddin, also known as Asgar Ansari, was intercepted by a mob and beaten to death in June last year over suspicions of transporting beef in his vehicle near Bazartand village. The mob later set the vehicle ablaze.

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Following the lynching incident, section 144 was imposed in Ramgarh. (IANS)

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