Wednesday, May 22, 2024
ADVT 
India

14 killed in Indore temple tragedy, President, PM express grief

Darpan News Desk IANS, 30 Mar, 2023 10:07 AM
  • 14 killed in Indore temple tragedy, President, PM express grief
Photos via Twitter (@TimesNowMarathi & Vistara News)
 
Bhopal, March 30 (IANS) In a tragic accident on Ram Navami, at least 14 people were killed and several others injured after they fell into a deep stepwell, containing water, at a prominent temple in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Thursday while offering prayers, officials said.

President Draupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other leaders expressed their shock and grief at the tragic incident.

The incident occurred at the Baleshwar Mahadev temple.

As per the police, the cover over an old stepwell, around 50 to 60 feet deep, on which devotees were standing to offering their prayers, caved in, due to which around 30 people fell into it.

Panic spread as people started crying after seeing their beloved gasping for life in the deep well.

District administration and the police swung into action soon and NDRF teams were also called for the rescue operation.

District Collector Illaiaraja T. also reached to monitor the rescue operation and other departments like health and fire were also alerted.

"Rescue operations were severely hampered due to narrow and iron rods on top of the well. Only one person could go inside at one time and similarly only once person could be brought out at one time," a police officer, involved in the rescue operation, said.

Illaiaraja T. said that the rescue operation was still underway and water being drained out of the well. "At least 14 feet water was stored into the well, and the process of draining it out is underway," he added.

He apprehended that the death toll likely to increase as some more people are feared trapped.

Meanwhile, at least four to five rescued people are stated to be in a critical condition at hospital, officials told IANS.

Amid rescue operations, the police also had to manage the crowd, especially whose family members fell into the well and were frantic.

Police used ropes to take out the trapped people, however, water in the stepwell was yet another hindrance.

"Those fell into the deep well were severely injured and debris made the water muddy. One little girl is still missing and search operation was underway," Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra told the press in Bhopal.

He had said that 11 bodies have been recovered, while of the 19 people who were rescued, two died.

"Order has been given to probe the incident. This unfortunate incident has shaken the entire Madhya Pradesh," he said.

The toll rose later as another body was taken out of the stepwell.

Expressing her grief, President Murmu, in a tweet, said: "I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people in the accident in Indore. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to the injured".

Prime Minister Modi, expressing his condolences on this tragic incident, also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of those killed.

"Extremely pained by the mishap in Indore. Spoke to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and took an update on the situation. The State Government is spearheading rescue and relief work at a quick pace. My prayers with all those affected and their families. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased in the unfortunate tragedy in Indore today. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000," a tweet by the PMO said.

Chief Minister Chouhan announced that the state government will provide a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of each deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the incident.

"We are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. Rs 5 lakh each will be given to the relatives of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. Proper arrangements have been made for the treatment of the injured, and the entire medical expenses will be borne by the state government," he said.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh, who reached the spot, has demanded investigation in the matter. He also met some of the injured persons at the hospital.

"How this tragedy occurred needs to be thoroughly investigated. Who gave permission to make concrete slab on top of the stepwell?" he asked.

 

MORE India ARTICLES

Bipartisan bill introduced in Senate to fix loopholes in H-1B, L-1 visas

Bipartisan bill introduced in Senate to fix loopholes in H-1B, L-1 visas
The comprehensive overhaul of the H-1B and L-1 visa programmes will protect American workers and crack down on foreign outsourcing companies, which exploit these visa programs to deprive qualified Americans of high-skilled jobs. The two visa programmes were created to complement America's high-skilled workforce.

Bipartisan bill introduced in Senate to fix loopholes in H-1B, L-1 visas

Water cess not applicable in Punjab, clarifies Himachal CM

Water cess not applicable in Punjab, clarifies Himachal CM
During the meeting, the Chief Minister expressed the concern of the state over the proposed water cess on hydropower plants being implemented by the Himachal Pradesh government. Mann said the water cess should not be implemented as it is against the interests of the state.

Water cess not applicable in Punjab, clarifies Himachal CM

Director of defunct gold trading company arrested at Chennai airport

Director of defunct gold trading company arrested at Chennai airport
The police had earlier arrested K. Harish and J. Malathy, who were also directors of the company. Five more people are still at large in the multi-crore cheating case carried out by the company in the state.

Director of defunct gold trading company arrested at Chennai airport

Delhi reports 300 Covid cases, positivity rate nears 14%

Delhi reports 300 Covid cases, positivity rate nears 14%
Two Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in the same time span. The positivity rate of the city has risen to 13.79 per cent. The number of active cases stands at 806 out of which 452 patients are being treated in home isolation.

Delhi reports 300 Covid cases, positivity rate nears 14%

38 school girls test Covid positive in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri

38 school girls test Covid positive in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri
Lakhimpur Kheri Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Santosh Gupta, said that one staff member was also found Covid-positive during a contact tracing exercise on Sunday after which the entire campus has been turned into a quarantine centre by the Health department. This is the highest number of new Covid cases reported in a district in a day this year.

38 school girls test Covid positive in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri

BSF recovers 6 kg narcotics dropped by drone in Punjab

BSF recovers 6 kg narcotics dropped by drone in Punjab
During thorough search of the area on Monday, BSF troops recovered six packets, containing 6.27 kg heroin, inside a bag lying in the fields near the village. A motorcycle was also found nearby.

BSF recovers 6 kg narcotics dropped by drone in Punjab

PrevNext