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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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‘Black’ Banned in Jharkhand’s Palamau Ahead of Modi Visit

He will also lay the foundation stone of a pipeline to meet the needs of drinking water and irrigation in Palamu and Garhwa districts at a cost of Rs 1,138 crore

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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Palamau in Jharkhand on January 5, one colour will not be permitted in any form: black.

The Palamau administration issued the ban order after leaders of the 80,000 para teachers on strike since November 15 demanding regularization of their service vowed to show black flags to Modi in Palamau.

“The government staff or common people cannot wear black socks,” an official said. “The ban also covers clothes, bags, shoes, purses and caps.”

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Modi is scheduled to arrive in Palamau at 10.30 a.m. to spend an hour in the district.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Mandal dam irrigation project, which was pending since 1972. The dam will be built at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore.

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He will also lay the foundation stone of a pipeline to meet the needs of drinking water and irrigation in Palamu and Garhwa districts at a cost of Rs 1,138 crore. (IANS)