Hathras stampede: UP govt hiding its failure by making minor arrests, says Akhilesh Yadav

In a strong criticism of the UP government's failure to trace down the real culprits of the stampede, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that such accidents will continue to happen as the administrative lapses that led to the incident are not addressed.
Hathras Stampede: Bodies on ice blocks, kin wait for autopsy; others look for missing loved ones.
Hathras Stampede: Bodies on ice blocks, kin wait for autopsy; others look for missing loved ones.Photo | AP

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of trying to hide its failure in the Hathras stampede that killed 121 people by making "minor arrests".

Yadav, in a post on 'X', said that it looks like such accidents will continue to happen since the state government does not seem to have learnt from the administrative lapses that led to the stampede.

The SP chief also tagged a letter addressed to him in his post on X, in which, Ankit Yadav, a resident of Mainpuri district, claims that his father has been wrongly framed in connection with the stampede, and insists that his father has no link with the incident.

In a post on 'X' in Hindi, Yadav said, "To hide its failure in the 'Hathras incident', the UP government wants to shirk responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of people by making minor arrests.

If this happens, it will mean that no one has learnt any lesson from the administrative failure in such events and such accidents will keep repeating in the future."

"The government and administration are needlessly arresting people, who were away from the original venue with a specific motive and is preparing to hold them guilty after the arrest. These arrests are a conspiracy in themselves. There should be an immediate judicial inquiry into these arrests, so that the game of the BJP government of UP can be exposed before the public," he said.

He also said that if the BJP government says that it had nothing to do with the event, then it has no right to stay in power.

"Most of the people who attended the programme were poor, unhappy, exploited, oppressed, deprived, suppressed," Yadav said.

This shows that that the BJP government has no concern for such people even though the government's attention should first be directed towards such people, the SP president said.

"Condemnable!" he added in his post.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday formed a three-member judicial commission headed by a retired high court judge to probe the Hathras tragedy, looking also into the possibility that a conspiracy was behind the stampede.

Police have so far arrested six 'sevadars' who were members of the organising committee of the 'satsang' of Surajpal alias Narayan Sakar Hari alias Bhole Baba on July 2 in Fulrai village of Hathras.

Devprakash Madhukar, the main accused in the July 2 Hathras stampede which claimed 121 lives, has been taken into custody by Uttar Pradesh Police after he surrendered in Delhi, his lawyer claimed on Friday night.

Madhukar, the 'mukhya sevadar' of the 'satsang' where the stampede occurred, is the only accused named in the FIR lodged at Sikandra Rao Police Station in Hathras in connection with the incident.

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