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Chargesheet filed against officials of Kripalu Maharaj ashram

The Uttar Pradesh police Monday filed a chargesheet against three officials of Bhaktidham ashram in connection with the March 4 stampede that left 63 persons dead but gave a clean chit to Kripalu Maharaj.



Pratapgarh: The Uttar Pradesh police Monday filed a chargesheet against three officials of Bhaktidham
ashram in connection with the March 4 stampede that left 63
persons dead but gave a clean chit to Kripalu Maharaj.

The chargesheet was filed against ashram manager
Hirnmay Chatterjee, secretary ashram Amit Kumar and store
manager Shiv Kumar by the police in the court of Additional
Chief Judicial Magistrate Arvind Kumar Upadhyay.

The police gave a clean chit to 88-year-old Kripalu
Maharaj, head of the Radha Madhav society who organised a
religious feast during which the stampede took place, and his
two sons.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by Allahabad
Divisional Commissioner into the stampede had held the
management of the ashram responsible, saying "lack of
foresight and negligence" on its part led to the tragedy.

The report said the Jagatguru Kripalu Parishad Trust
had informed police through a letter about the function.

However, the trust had said that the function would
take place between 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm and had requested for 10 to 15 policemen. But people has started assembling at the ashram
from 9.00 am.

The inquiry found the organisers had not made proper
arrangements for controlling the crowd and the gate of the
ashram, which also had a structural fault, fell because of
"lack of foresight and negligence" on their part, he said.

PTI

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