PATNA: With the toll in the Patna stampede rising to 33 on Saturday, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led JD(U) Government is in the dock for its administrative inefficiency not only from its political adversaries but also from the JD(U)’s new alliance partner, the RJD.
“One more person died taking the toll to 33. Of the 29 injured, four are in a critical condition” informed Principal Secretary Home, Amir Subhani.
Blaming the state government, RJD president Lalu Prasad tweeted: “Gandhi Maidan stampede appears to be a matter of administrative lapse. Stern action should be taken against officials found guilty. I am keeping a watch on the developments.”
Trashing the inquiry ordered by the state government, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan demanded a probe by a sitting judge.
Meanwhile, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad kicked up a controversy when he said that the Centre was ready to send a team of doctors but the Chief Minister had refused help.
A team of NDRF has already left for Patna to assist the state administration,” he added.
Though the Chief Minister had left for his native village after the Dussehra festivities, after coming to know of the seriousness of the situation he returned to the state capital and visited the hospital at around 1.30 am.
Meanwhile, state Health Minister Ramdhani Singh had to face the ire of the relatives of the victims at the Patna Medical College and Hospital when he visited the hospital after 16 hours. Many people are still searching for their missing family members and even protested near Kargil Chowk.