Probe into Haridwar stampede on, says Chidambaram

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 14:19

New Delhi: The magisterial enquiry ordered
into last month`s stampede at a `yagyna` in Haridwar is yet to
be completed, Home Minister P Chidambaram told Rajya Sabha
on Wednesday.

He said during Question Hour that 20 devotees, including
18 women, were killed in the November 8 stampede and 35 others
injured.

The District Magistrate had ordered a magisterial probe
the same day and a case was registered against the organisers
of the programme.

"Enquiry is still underway," Chidambaram said as
opposition BJP and AIADMK members shouted slogans against him
as part of their plan to boyocott him for his alleged role in
irregularities in allotment of 2G spectrum when he was the
Finance Minister.

He said it was not possible for him to say who was the
culprit behind the stampede as the enquiry is yet to be
completed.

"A compensation of Rs 2 lakh each was announced by the
state government to the next of kin of those killed," he
added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 14:19

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