Sabarimala stampede: Spl Branch report blames police
However, IG T Sreejith said timely action of nine police personnel on duty brought the situation under control
The Special Branch has found a fault on part of the police that resulted in a stampede on the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple premises on Sunday evening.
Nearly 30 pilgrims sustained injuries after they fell on each other near the Malikappuram Devi temple as pilgrims thronged in large numbers to attend the deepradhana after the deity was adorned with Thanka Anki.
The Special Branch has submitted a report in this regard to the ADGP.
Dismissing the claims, DGP Loknath Behera said: “The intervention of police prevented untoward incidents. IG T Sreejith, will conduct an investigation. The ADGP had instructed to the Devaswom Board to reinforce the barricades. However, they failed to act”.
Mathrubhumi quoted IG T Sreejith as saying that timely action of nine police personnel on duty brought the situation under control.
“When the barricades gave way, they used the rope to control the crowd and acted on a war footing to shift injured to hospital,” he added.
The Special Branch report said the rope placed to manage the crowd slipped, which in turn resulted in the stampede.