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Toll in Bihar’s Gandhi Maidan stampede rises to 33

Toll in Bihars Gandhi Maidan stampede rises to 33 The toll in a stampede after the burning of the Ravana effigy at the Gandhi Maidan here rose to 33 on Saturday morning after the death of a child.

Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani told a news agency that 29 others were injured, of whom the condition of four patients was stated to be critical. Of the 29 injured admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), 17 are women and 12 are men, he said.

Subhani, who along with Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Gupteshwar Pandey has been appointed to inquire into the stampede incident, said he would begin the probe with a visit to the spot at Gandhi Maidan at noon.

A large number of wailing people sat outside the PMCH the entire night looking for their near and dear ones who got separated in the melee.

Additional police force has been deployed at the incident site near Ramgulam Chowk.

Meanwhile, union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan will visit Bihar’s capital today to take stock of the situation.

Both the ministers had on Friday sought to blame the Bihar government over the incident, saying it failed to learn from the past and put in place measures to prevent the tragedy.