Senior special correspondent, CNN-IBN
Senior special correspondent, CNN-IBN
On the Allahabad stampede
- What is your take on honorable minister Mr.Mohammad Azam Khan who has blamed news channels for creating panic in the aftermath of the stampede? Asked by: deepak krishnamurthy
- Mr Azam Khan is clearly clueless about what he is talking about. It was only when the media started reporting on the scale of the tragedy did the local administration got into the act of trying to arrange for relief & rescue. Mr Azam Khan was in charge of the mela before he point finger on the media can he please explain to us why after four hrs of the stampede there was not even a single doctor to help those who needed medical attention. There are many people who died at the platform because help din reach them on time. Azam Khan has resigned as the minister of the Kumbh mela in fit of symbolism. With that he has also freed himself of the responsibility of answering some tough questions.
- Primary reports suggest that the railways did little to prepare itself. Rly. Min. Pawan Bansal himself said in interviews that they did not expect such crowds while for a week it as public knowledge that 30 million people will congregate. Your take on the same? Asked by: Vivek Dalmia
- When I reached the railway station, roughly 3 hrs after the stampede. The 13 bodies lying at the platform without a single stature to carry them out. The railway official there clearly was at sea. Not knowing how to respond to the tragedy. The railways knew for a year that they would have to deal with a huge crowd on Mauni Amavasya. They should have been prepared for worst but they were clearly not.
- A politician has to be fixed. We cannot just blame the line officers of either the state or railways. Who do you think needs to take it, Azam Khan or Pawan Bansal? Asked by: Vivek Dalmia
- Both but what I have seen on the ground. It was the railways which was caught with it's pants down.
- Do you think that our religious norms/carnivals aren't well organized with proper measures before the start of the event? Asked by: deepak krishnamurthy
- Look the Kumbh mela has been organised fairly well. If you just look at the Kumbh Nagri where the ritual bath takes place. 3.5 cr people took a dip without any major incident at the ghat. So the mela per se was not badly organised but yes what happened outside the mela parisar, is too something the administration should have more seriously into.
- Why Azam Khan resigne as minister-in-charge of Kumbh. If he really has courage he should step down fron the government? Asked by: Sandeep
- Yes absolutely right. I agree with you. His gesture is symbolic & means nothing to those who have lost there loved once in the stampede.
- Allahabad railway station stampede: Akhilesh Yadav meets injured Asked by: devanjan
- Yes, he was here today. He has distributed some cheques & cash to them. But had he looked closely he would have met many many people outside the hospital carrying passport size photograph of their missing relatives. They are the real ones who need his help now.
- Preventing such incidents hereafter shall only be the solution for this tragedy. But as a country where are we heading towards? Why do we address issues only after seeing consequences? Is this the sign of the so called "One of the fastest growing countries in the world"? Asked by: deepak krishnamurthy
- The tragedy is we never seem to learn from our mistakes. This is not a first time a stampede has happen in the country. Remember, there was one in 2001 as well at the New Delhi railway station. When one of the fastest growing economy in the world is slow to reacting to a stampede, there is certainly something wrong.
- Do you think that a "Unified Action Plan Blue Print for Religious Festivals" to be applied to both Center and States needs to be issued and made mandatory for the standart operating procedures so that the lack of coordination often responsible for such instances can be avoided? Asked by: Vivek Dalmia
- Absolutely I do. I hope the government takes your suggestion seriously.