PIL in Allahabad HC seeks CBI probe into Hathras stampede

Advocate Gaurav Dwivedi’s letter PIL has claimed that the district authorities were “totally responsible” for its “negligent” act.
The PIL plea seeks independent judicial inquiring into the present matter.
The PIL plea seeks independent judicial inquiring into the present matter.

LUCKNOW: An advocate Gaurav Dwivedi of Prayagraj moved a letter petition to the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday seeking a probe into Hathras stampeded case by premier investigation agency - Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – to ascertain the reason for such a huge tragedy which claimed 121 lives on Tuesday. The petitioner has also demanded compensation to the victims.

The petitioner has urged the High Court to accept his PIL plea through this ‘Letter Petition’ and take suo motu cognizance of the incident.

In his plea, besides the CBI probe, advocate Dwivedi has also sought the suspension of the responsible officers of Hathras district administration allegedly for being negligent and slack while such a big congregation was going on in the district.

Alternatively, the PIL plea seeks independent judicial inquiring into the present matter.

The event organized by a self-styled godman, Bhole Baba, aka Narayan Saakar Hari at Phulrai village under the Sikandrarau police station area of Hathras district on Tuesday claimed over 121 lives including 98 women, leaving over 28 people injured.

Advocate Gaurav Dwivedi’s letter PIL has claimed that the district authorities were “totally responsible” for its “negligent” act due to which the stampede occurred and that this type of inappropriate law and order situation in the state would lead to people losing faith in the government.

Dwivedi had requested the court to treat his letter as a ‘Public Interest Litigation’ (PIL) stating that the district authorities had mechanisms in place to prevent and control any such unwarranted situations, and the state government was investing substantial public funds in new techniques for better administration. Despite this, the incident occurred, added the petitioner.

Keeping the Hathras tragedy in the backdrop, the petitioner has also expressed concern over safety of pilgrims in the upcoming Mahakumbh, world's largest religious congregation, in Parayagraj next year.

The PIL plea seeks independent judicial inquiring into the present matter.
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