Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba says he is disturbed, and those responsible will not be spared

In a statement, Bhole Baba, real name Suraj Pal Singh, expressed sadness over the Hathras stampede catastrophe and urged the afflicted families to have trust in the justice.

Jul 6, 2024 - 14:29
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Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba says he is disturbed, and those responsible will not be spared
Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba says he is disturbed, and those responsible will not be spared

On July 2, a stampede during a satsang in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras killed up to 121 persons. Of those killed, 17 were from Aligarh and 19 from Hathras.

In a statement, Bhole Baba, real name Suraj Pal Singh, expressed sadness over the Hathras stampede catastrophe and urged the afflicted families to have trust in the justice. Meanwhile, Dev Prakash Madhukar, the primary culprit in the July 2 Hathras stampede, which killed 121 people, surrendered to authorities in Delhi on Friday night and was taken into jail by Uttar Pradesh authorities.

He will be brought before a municipal court on Saturday. The Uttar Pradesh Police issued a Rs 1 lakh reward for information leading to Madhukar's arrest. On July 3, the state government appointed a three-member judicial panel, led by a former high court judge, to investigate the Hathras disaster and the potential of a conspiracy behind the stampede.

The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Dev Prakash Madhukar, the primary culprit in the July 2 Hathras stampede, on Friday night. On Saturday, Madhukar will appear in a municipal court. Madhukar, the'mukhya sevadar' of the satsang where the stampede happened, is the sole culprit identified in the First Information Report (FIR). 

He will join the investigation and provide information about the "anti-social elements" at the event. The Uttar Pradesh Police announced a Rs 1 lakh reward for information leading to Madhukar's arrest.

On Saturday, a delegation from the judicial commission arrived. at the Hathras police line to inform the commission of the investigation report into the Hathras incident. According to Hathras police officials, Dev Prakash Madhukar was nabbed near Najafgarh on Friday following technological surveillance. He was later sent to Hathras. Police sources also stated that Madhukar had not surrendered.

The initial SIT report on the stampede was delivered to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. The report was filed by the ADG Agra Zone, who was one of the senior authorities who visited Hathras to supervise rescue and relief efforts following the stampede. The secret report includes comments from Hathras District Magistrate Ashish Kumar, Superintendent of Police Nipun Aggarwal, and top health department officials who responded to the stampede.

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, visited with the families of the stampede victims. Before meeting with family members in Hathras, Gandhi visited Aligarh and met with the district's victims' families. Gandhi, after visiting with the relatives, requested Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to immediately grant "maximum compensation" for the deaths. One of the family members who met with Gandhi stated that he guaranteed them that he would address the subject in Parliament to prevent such situations in the future.