CM Yogi suspends six officials on SIT recommendations in Hathras stampede mishap

SDM, circle officer, tehsildar among officials suspended over Hathras stampede Following the Special Investigation Team (SIT) recommendations on the Hathras stampede mishap, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the suspension of six officials, including the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Circle Officer (CO) and Tehsildar. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered the SIT […] The post CM Yogi suspends six officials on SIT recommendations in Hathras stampede mishap appeared first on PGurus.

Jul 9, 2024 - 11:14
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CM Yogi suspends six officials on SIT recommendations in Hathras stampede mishap
The action comes on the recommendations of the SIT report submitted earlier to the state government

SDM, circle officer, tehsildar among officials suspended over Hathras stampede

Following the Special Investigation Team (SIT) recommendations on the Hathras stampede mishap, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the suspension of six officials, including the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Circle Officer (CO) and Tehsildar.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered the SIT probe immediately after the tragic incident and the SIT had submitted its report to the UP govt.

The suspended officials are SDM of Sikandrarao Ravindra Kumar, Circle Officer of Sikandrarao Anand Kumar, Station House Officer of Sikandrarao Ashish Kumar, Tehsildar of Sikandrarao Sushil Kumar, chowki incharge Kachora Manveer Singh, and chowki incharge Pora Brijesh Pandey.

In the preliminary investigation, the SIT held the event organizers primarily responsible for the accident based on eyewitness accounts and other evidence.

The report highlights that the main accused, Dev Prakash Madhukar, was in contact with political parties for fundraising activities related to the event.

Based on the investigation and actions taken so far, the investigation committee has not ruled out the possibility of a major conspiracy behind the accident and has emphasized the need for a thorough investigation.

The investigation committee has also found the programme organizer and tehsil-level police and administration guilty. The local SDM, CO, Tehsildar, Inspector, and Chowki Incharge have been held responsible for negligence in performing their duties.

The SDM of Sikandrarao granted permission for the event without inspecting the venue and did not inform senior officials. The said officials did not take the program seriously, and senior officials were also not informed. The SIT has recommended action against these officials.

The organizers obtained permission for the event by concealing facts. The conditions applicable for the permission were not followed. They did not make adequate and smooth arrangements despite inviting an unexpected crowd, nor did they comply with the conditions set by the local administration for the programme.

People associated with the organizing committee have been found guilty of spreading chaos. Individuals added by the committee without proper police verification contributed to the disorder.

The organizing committee misbehaved with the police and attempted to prevent the local police from inspecting the program venue.

The SIT comprising ADG Zone Agra and the Divisional Commissioner of Aligarh, established immediately after the accident during the Satsang on July 2 in Sikandrarao of Hathras district, inspected the incident site on July 2, 3, and 5.

The report includes statements from 125 individuals. The SIT interviewed administrative officials, event organizers, and volunteers (sevadars) to investigate the causes of the stampede. It also scrutinized the roles of local leaders, sevadars, organizers, and officials who were present at the event, focusing on their failure to accurately estimate the size of the gathering.

Additionally, copies of news articles related to the incident, on-site videography, photographs, and video clippings were reviewed.

The Hathras stampede incident claimed 121 persons’ lives leaving over 300 injured.

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