Hathras Stampede Report Identifies Organizer Lapses; SDM Among Six Suspended

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: On Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended the local SDM, a circle officer, and four others based on the SIT report on the Hathras stampede, which did not rule out a “big conspiracy” behind the incident.

The SIT report highlighted lapses by the local administration that led to the tragedy, which claimed 121 lives on July 2. The organizers were held responsible for failing to manage the crowd, and the local police and administration were criticized for not taking the event seriously or providing proper information to senior officers.

The stampede occurred during a ‘satsang’ by self-styled godman Surajpal alias Narayan Sakar Hari alias Bhole Baba. The report found that the event organizers and local officials were negligent in their duties. The SIT recommended action against the officials in Sikandrarau, including the SDM, circle officer, SHO of Sikandrarau police station, tehsildar, and police outpost in charge of Kachora and Pora.

The SIT also noted that the event organizers hid facts when seeking permission, did not follow conditions, and misbehaved with the police. The investigation committee, which included ADG Anupam Kulshrestha and Aligarh Divisional Commissioner Chaitra V, recorded statements from 125 people and reviewed various media sources.

A separate judicial commission, led by retired Allahabad High Court judge Brijesh Kumar Shrivastava and retired IPS Hemant Rao, is also investigating the case. So far, nine people, including key accused Devprakash Madhukar, have been arrested in connection with the stampede.

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