Sunday, January 17, 2010

steps to second partition: visa less travel for haj pilgrims but hindu pilgrims left to die

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    • Five persons — including four women and a child — died on the spot. Two others succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.

      “The rush to get accommodated on the first ferry resulted in the stampede,” said Surajit Kar Purakayasta, IG, Law and Order.
    • “The ferry was delayed due to the low tide,” said Khalil Ahmed, District Magistrate, South 24-Parganas. “The pilgrims were trying to board the first boat to Sagar Islands at Kakdwip. They had entered the jetty area breaking through the barricade and the crowd could not be controlled.”
    • Asit Das from Deulti, North 24-Parganas, who was an eyewitness to the incident, said the situation was a case of total mismanagement by the administration. “Not a single police officer or volunteer was present at the spot to control the crowd.”

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