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Spike their guns

Another interesting blog by Sunita Aron about gun culture prevalent in UP. She blogs about her experience while in Pratapgarh. See some excerpts from original article below.

The curse of stampedes

Just checked an article by Joginder Singh at the pioneer website. I agree fully with his observations about stampede incidents in India. Whenever a tragedy of this nature occurs in our country, the Government of the day, as an afterthought, announces compensation for the next of the kin of the victims and those injured. Then the matter is forgotten till the next disaster strikes. It is worthwhile to note that such incidents of stampede occur mostly at religious places, and that too in Asia and Africa and never in developed countries.

Finally Maya announces compensation

Retracting from her earlier stance, where Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had complained of an acute financial crisis and inability to give compensation to the victims of the stampede, she announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2.5 lakhs to the kin of the deceased and Rs 76 thousand each to the critically injured on Wednesday which is much higher than what was announced by the Prime Minister last week.

UP govt has no money for stampede victims

It seems that UP govt dont want to help people of pratapgarh. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may have announced Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the Pratapgarh ashram but Chief Minister Mayawati has no money to offer to the victims.

Rs 2000 crore have been spent on building the statues of Dalit icons, but there is no money to help those who died in the Pratapgarh stampede.

In a press release issued on Friday night the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that the state will not be able to provide compensation to the victims due to financial constraints.

Stampede in Pratapgarh ashram

Really a sad news for all of us. As reported in media at least 63 people died at a crowded temple in Mangarh area of Kunda today when a gate crashed to the ground, triggering a stampede.

There were about 7,000 to 10,000 devotees at the temple in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh state, according to authorities.

It seems that there were no security arrangements to handle this kind of gatherings. It could have been certainly avoided with better management.

I will add more details as I get

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