32 people killed in Stampede at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan
Thirty two people killed and about 15 were injured in a stampede that occurred at the main Dussehra event at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.
Gandhi Maidan in Patna: 32 people killed in stampede
A stampede occurred at Gandhi Maidan in Patna during the Ram Leela ceremony on 3 October 2014. In the stampede at least 32 people were killed and about 15 were injured. The injured have been admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
The tragedy occurred at the time when people were returning from the ground after watching the Ravan Vadh (killing of demon king) ceremony.
After the incident the state and union government announced a relief compensation of 3 lakh rupees and 2 lakh rupees, respectively for the families of the dead. Apart from this, the State Home Secretary and Additional Director General of Police have ordered a high level probe into the incident. The probe team has been asked to submit the report within 24 hours.
Cause of Stampede
The stampede was caused due to rumors of snapping of an electrical wire. The rumors sparked panic in the public resulting into stampede.