Cuttack: The report of a judicial probe into
the stampede at Puri Jagannath Temple during the Nagarjuna
Vesa in 1998 has been lost and a search produced no result,
the Orissa government has told the High Court.
In an affidavit, the state government informed the
court yesterday that the report of another judicial probe,
ordered in 2006, to find out who were responsible for the loss
of the earlier report had been accepted by the government and
steps were being taken for follow-up action on the basis of
recommendations made by it.
The government`s response came in reply to a PIL filed
by a socio-cultural organisation Maitree Sansad in 2003
questioning poor law and order and security measures at the
12th century shrine.
Following death of six persons in the stampede at the
temple in 1998, Justice J M Mohapatra was appointed to conduct
an inquiry. The judicial Commission had submitted its report
to the government.
But the government in an affidavit said the report could
not be traced despite a thorough search, petitioner-advocate
Ajoy Mohanty said.
The government also informed that a subsequent judicial
commission, set up in November, 2006, headed by Justice P K
Mohanty, to find out the person(s) responsible for the loss of
earlier report, was in the hands of the government.