Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das expresses grief at loss of lives in stampede

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today expressed grief at the death of 11 persons in a stampede in Deogarh. The chief minister issued directions for better treatment of the injured, an official statement said here. Home Secretary N N Pandey, Additional Director General of Police S N Pradhan and other officials have been supervising the rescue operation and treatment of more than 30 persons, the statement said.

The incident occurred around 4 AM while the devotees tried to overtake each other, according to Deogarh district Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar. Deograh is around 350 km from here. Today is the second Monday of the auspicious Shrawan month when thousands of devotees visited Degoarh to offer prayers after fetching water from Bihar’s Sultanpur, about 108 from Deogarh.

Jharkhand Labour and Employment Minister Raj Paliwal reached Sadar hospital where the injured were being treated. “Compensation would be announced for the kin of the deceased,” he told reporters in Deogarh.

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