Allahabad: A fire at the Maha Kumbh Mela left one dead and injured five others, hours before pilgrims gathered for the last Shahi Snan on Basant Panchami on Friday, just five days after the Allahabad railway station stampede. The holy city of Allahabad is gearing up for another major Shahi Snan - the third and last of the Maha Kumbh saw this second tragedy in less than a week.
Police and other officials have confirmed that the fire is under control now which was a result of a short circuit. Security has been tightened and special arrangements made for Friday's dip especially after last Sunday's tragedy. Around 31 special trains and 1500 additional buses are plying to manage the huge number of people gathering at Allahabad.
Three permanent and seven temporary bus stands have also been put into place. 36 people had died and several others were injured in the stampede at the Allahabad railway station on February 10.
"An unidentified person was killed in the fire that broke out in Sector 4 of the Kumbh Mela area early this morning. Two persons sustained minor injuries while the fire was brought under control quickly, though about 10 tents were gutted by the time", SSP (Kumbh) RKS Rathore said.
He said prima facie the fire was caused by a short circuit and the person, who got killed, "probably was fast asleep and could not run out of his tent before getting engulfed in flames".
The Maha Kumbh congregation, which commenced on January 14, has so far witnessed a number of fire-related incidents, most notable of these being the one on January 25 which had left 19 people seriously injured out of whom as many at least five have succumbed to their injuries so far.
Meanwhile, the Shahi Snan on the occasion of Basant Panchami is going on peacefully and quietly as "Akharas" had taken a decision to take out their processions without the usual fanfare in view of the February 10 stampede at the Allahabad Junction Railway Station which had claimed 36 lives.
With Additional Inputs from PTI