Hathras stampede: SIT submits report to Uttar Pradesh govt, hinting at Baba’s political links

Hathras stampede: SIT submits report to Uttar Pradesh govt, hinting at Baba’s political links

Lucknow, July 9, 2024-

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hathras stampede has submitted its report on the tragedy, which claimed at least 121 lives, to the Uttar Pradesh government.

The report, prepared by Deputy Director General (Agra zone) Anupam Kulshreshtha and Aligarh Commissioner Chaitra V, hints at the political links of the ‘Bhole Baba’ man.

The comprehensive and voluminous SIT report covers all aspects of the incident and provides suggestions and guidelines for organizing similar events in the state in the future.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered an SIT probe immediately after the tragic incident.

The report contains statements from 125 people. The SIT interviewed administrative officials, event organizers and volunteers (sevadars) to determine the causes of the stampede.

Sources said the report identifies some political leaders who had significant links with ‘Bhole Baba’ during the elections, along with other relevant connections.

The role of local leaders, sevadars, organisers and officials present at the event has also been questioned for not accurately estimating the size of the congregation.

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

CM Adityanath further ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident, headed by retired High Court judge Brijesh Kumar Srivastava, with retired IAS officer Hemant Rao and retired IPS officer Bhavesh Kumar Singh as members.

The panel is expected to complete its investigation and submit its findings within two months.

The local SDM report earlier said that permission was granted only for 80,000 participants in the godman satsang, but over 2.5 lakh people attended the event. The entire event was reportedly managed by sevadars, with police personnel reportedly absent from the area. (Agency)