- The accident happened during the Mangala Aarti on the night of Janmashtami.
- There was a stampede at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan
- Two pilgrims died of suffocation during the stampede
Mathura News: About 150 people recorded their statements on the very first day before the committee that came to investigate the accident at the Thakur Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan during the Mangala Aarti on Janmashtami night in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. This sequence continues tomorrow as well. Notably, during the darshan of Mangala Aarti on the night of Janmashtami, two devotees were killed and many devotees were injured due to suffocation during the crowd gathered at the Thakur Banke Bihari temple. Of these, seven people were hospitalized.
People showed great enthusiasm to speak their mind
The very next day after the Banke Bihari temple stampede, the additional chief secretary of the home ministry, Avnish Awasthi, issued an order and informed about the formation of an inquiry committee. Former director general of police Sulkhan Singh was made chairman of the committee and Aligarh divisional commissioner Gaurav Dayal was made its member. The chairman of the said committee, Sulkhan Singh and member Gaurav Dayal reached Vrindavan on Monday and Tuesday and started the investigation. Both the officials tried in their own way to know the exact situation by talking to the people around the temple, shopkeepers and devotees visiting there, management people and people of Sevayat Goswami Samaj. The committee has set August 25 and 26 to receive information about this incident from the public. On Thursday, the very first day, there was great enthusiasm among the people to have their say and about 150 people recorded their statements. More than a hundred people out of 150 arrived in two buses simultaneously.
Will study Kashi corridor after study in Mathura
According to government sources, many of those who recorded their statements had arrived with a copy of the written statement, while many reached the Tourist Facilitation Center (TFC) and recorded their statements by speaking before the inquiry committee. Committee chairman Sulkhan Singh said they would also be available on Friday to collect suggestions from the general public regarding the incident and measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents. He told that after completing the survey in Mathura, he will also go to Kashi (Varanasi) and go there to study the corridor built in the Kashi-Viswanath Temple. So after seeing the corridor there, the plan for construction of corridor can be implemented in Vrindavan as per the requirement.
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