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Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi condole Varanasi stampede deaths


Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Party Vice president Rahul Gandhi during a meeting with Andhra pradesh Congress leaders at New Delhi Congress office. Express photo by Renuka Puri. 16.03.2016.

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed shock and grief over the death of 19 people in a stampede in Uttar Pradeshs Varanasi.

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Extending her condolences to the families of the deceased, Sonia Gandhi hoped that the authorities concerned were providing adequate medical relief and compensation to the victims.

According to a party statement, Sonia has also instructed party workers in Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi to provide all possible assistance to the people.

Rahul Gandhi, in a statement, said he was “shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the stampede in Varanasi”. “My heartfelt condolences to families of the victims of this tragic incident,” he said.

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The stampede occurred at around 1.30 p.m. at the Rajghat bridge in Ramnagar area where thousands of people had turned up at a religious congregation organised by disciples of the late spiritual leader Jai Gurudev.