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Chouhan govt comes under criticism over Datia tragedy

MADHYA Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday faced severe criticism over the Datia stampede that claimed at least 115 lives, with the Congress party demanding his resignation and angry relatives of the victims confronting him at a hospital.

Chouhan described the tragedy as shocking and announced a judicial probe into the incident.

The Madhya Pradesh Government suspended Datia Collector Bhondawey Sanket Shantaram and Superintendent of Police Chandrashekhar Solanki and appointed Raghuraj M. R. and R. K. Marathe as new Collector and SP of the district.

The Congress alleged that the tragedy was manmade and a result of misgovernance as adequate precautionary measures had not been taken. " A stampede had happened over five years ago at the same place. The MP government learnt no lessons from it. Its misgovernance and rampant corruption lie at the roots of the tragedy. It should take moral responsibility and the CM should resign," AICC communication department head Ajay Maken told reporters in Delhi.

Politics at play

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, " It is extremely unfortunate that such an incident has taken place. This is not a natural disaster.

Every year such fairs and festivities take place. And, it is the responsibility of the administration, police and the state government to ensure that these are properly managed." Chouhan termed the politics over the tragedy unwanted and said, " The focus should be on attending to the injured and taking steps to avoid any such incidents in future." BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the Congress was playing politics over dead bodies and demanded that government plan out foolproof mechanisms to avoid such incidents.

The chief minister on Monday visited the Datia district hospital to meet the affected families but faced angry protests from them. Kin of the victims confronted him shouting slogans against the local administration and police.

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Date:Oct 15, 2013
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