Sabrimala stampede: No lapse on part of police, says Devaswom minister
The temple had witnessed heavy rush on Sunday, the penultimate day of the 41-day pilgrimage season, which concludes today with �Mandala Pooja�.
Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Monday maintained that there was no lapse on the part of police refuting Special Branch's claimed that it has found a fault on part of the police.
Speaking to reporters, Surendran said: “Thirty-one persons were injured, two of them seriously. Eight of the injured have been admitted to Kottayam medical college hospital, three in Pathanamthitta Government hospital, two in Pamba and 18 at Sannidhanam hospital.”
According to PTI report, he said an action plan would also be formulated to ensure that such incidents do not recur. There was no lapse on the part of police, he reiterated.
“There was sufficient police at Sannidhanam. There were about 700 policemen on duty,” he said.
The minister said that barricades would be strengthened in the coming three days when the shrine will remain closed.
A joint inspection with police, Devaswom officials and the minister was held at the mishap site this morning.
The temple had witnessed heavy rush on Sunday, the penultimate day of the 41-day pilgrimage season, which concludes today with ‘Mandala Pooja’.
Meanwhile, DGP Loknath Behara said a huge tragedy was averted at Sabarimala due to police intervention and denied reports that the stampede was due to ineffective police presence yesterday, despite a heavy rush of pilgrims. “Stampede was not due to the lapse of police,” he said.
Behara said that IG D Sreejit, in charge of Sabarimala security, has been asked to file a report on the stampede today itself. “I have asked Sreejit to immediately enquire and download the CCTV visuals and file a report today itself,” Behara said. Sreejit said there were nine policemen at the spot and it was due to their presence that a calamity was averted.