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J&K Govt fails to fix responsibility of Vaishno Devi stampede

Last Updated on February 1, 2022 at 6:54 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to fix the responsibility of the stampede at Vaishno Devi shrine on January 1 this year killing 12 people and injuring over 16.

There was a huge rush of devotees at the temple on New Year but the vaishno Devi Shrine Board failed to manage the crows leading the the tragedy. However a committee comprising Principal Secretary (Home) Shaleen Kabra, Jammu ADGP Mukesh Singh and Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer was set up which had to submit the report with the government in one week.

It has been one month but neither the J&K government has made the findings of the committee public nor has fixed responsibility of any official of the Board.

As per a report in The Tribune Ravinder Sharma, chief spokesperson of the J&K Congress, said, “This is an utter failure of the J&K government. The temple management was in a shambles due to which the incident occurred. Neither the responsibility has been fixed nor the officials responsible for conducting the inquiry have brought the facts in public domain even after one month,” said Sharma.

“In a democracy, the inquiry should have been made public. This is like a dictatorship where officials decide what should be told to people,” Sharma told the newspaper. There has been demand of FIR against the guilty officials by the opposition.

Meanwhile the record of J&K government on completing probe into the deaths of innocent is not good. Findings of an inquiry against a private hospital where four people died last year due to alleged shortage of oxygen is still pending.