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Stampede occurred due to fight between two groups in Mata Vaishno Devi shrine area: Shrine Board

The board said that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also the chairman of the board, was informed about the stampede at 3 am and has been monitoring the situation continuously since then. The board said in a detailed statement on this tragic incident, “The National Green Tribunal has limited the normal travel capacity to 50,000 per day. Keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic, 35000 pilgrims were allowed for the Yatra on 31 December 2021 and 1 January 2022.

The statement said that on January 1, at around 2:15 pm, a stampede broke out near gate number three of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhavan. “It is an unfortunate incident, a stampede broke out due to a fight between two groups of pilgrims. A total of 12 pilgrims lost their lives and 16 others were injured in this incident.

The board as well as the Reasi district administration immediately shifted the injured pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayan Superspeciality Hospital after providing first aid at the Medical Unit building for special treatment, the statement said. It said the bodies of the deceased, including 10 men and two women, were brought to the Community Health Center Katra for identification and legal formalities.

The board said, “The Shrine Board administration, in collaboration with the administration of the Union Territory, took two of the 12 pilgrims killed by planes and the bodies of nine by road to their native places. Only one body will be taken to GMC by air tomorrow morning.” He said that out of the injured admitted at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayan Hospital, Kakriyal, nine have been discharged while seven injured are still undergoing treatment there. Is.

The board said that the Lieutenant Governor has expressed condolences to the bereaved families and has constituted an inquiry committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Home) to probe the incident. The Lieutenant Governor said that he informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the incident.

The statement quoted the Lieutenant Governor as saying, “The Prime Minister has assured all possible help. An ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each will be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the stampede and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured. The Shrine Board will bear the cost of treatment of the injured.” Later he also went to Narayan Superspeciality Hospital to meet the injured.

The Lieutenant Governor tweeted, “As per the doctors his condition is stable and senior health workers are taking care of him. Directed the doctors and senior administrative officers to provide better care to the patients. Of the 16 injured, brought to Narayana Hospital, nine have been discharged and seven are undergoing treatment. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has created a helpline which can be contacted on phone numbers 01991-234804 and 01991-234053. The helplines set up by the district administration are: DC Reasi Control Room: 01991-245763/9419839557, PCR Katra: 01991-232010/9419145182 and PCR Reasi: 01991245076/9622856295, the statement said.

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