Seer denies involvement in stampede

A seer, whose car was allegedly driven to a gathering of devotees triggering a stampede, told investigators that the vehicle he had travelled was not involved in the incident during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

Last Updated: May 02, 2010, 20:16 PM IST

Dehra Dun: A seer, whose car was allegedly
driven to a gathering of devotees triggering a stampede, told
investigators that the vehicle he had travelled was not
involved in the incident during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

The car accident and consequent stampede had left seven
pilgrims killed and several others injured on the day of the
last royal bath on April 14 and as per preliminary
investigation the vehicle of Guru Pilot Baba had overshot the
way triggering the mishap.

State police quizzed the seer yesterday and he informed
investigators that his car was not responsible for the
accident, police said here today.

Appearing before the Haridwar Circle Officer (City)
Pankaj Bhatt, Baba said his car neither hit pilgrims nor he
had any knowledge about the car which actually caused the
accident, police said.

The stampede occurred on Birla Ghat Bridge area during a
procession of Joona Akhara when the Sadhus and seers were
going to take royal bath at Har-Ki-Pauri.

Baba`s name figured in the preliminary investigations and
police arrested Sudhir Kumar, the driver of the car, which
caused accident. Baba also told the police that he did not
know Kumar.

PTI