Toll in Bihar Dussehra stampede rises to 33, injured are 29

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014,8:42 IST By metrovaartha A A A

With one more person succumbing to injuries, the toll in the stampede outside the sprawling Gandhi Maidan here after Dussehra celebrations has climbed to 33.
Twenty-nine others were injured of whom the condition of four patients was stated to be critical. Of the 29 injured admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), 17 are women and 12 are men.
A large number of wailing people sat outside the PMCH the entire night looking for their near and dear ones who got separated in the melee. Additional police force has been deployed at the incident site near Ramgulam Chowk.
The tragedy struck at around 7 PM yesterday at the South East corner of the ground near the Exhibition road when the people who were were returning after watching the Ravana Vadh (killing of demon king) event jostled with each other to move ahead, eyewitnesses and officials said.
Tens of thousands of people had gathered to watch the annual event at the historic Gandhi Maidan where several pockets were reportedly dimly lit when the stampede broke out.  Opposition BJP has criticised the Jitan Ram Manjhi government for the lapses that resulted in the tragedy.