SDM, CO among six officers suspended in Hathras case

NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday suspended six officers, including SDM, district officer, SHO, Tehsildar Sikandra Rao, based on the SIT report in connection with the Hathras stampede. The SIT report did not rule out the possibility of conspiracy in the stampede incident and emphasised the need for a thorough investigation. The SIT report also mentioned negligence on the part of the local administration that led to the incident that left 121 people dead on July 2.

According to the initial findings of the SIT report, the organizers were responsible for the incident. It was emphasized that the organizers failed to take the required crowd management measures on site.

According to the report, the organizers obtained permission to organize the “Satsang” by concealing the facts and the conditions set by the administration for organizing the “Satsang” were not fulfilled. Despite inviting an unexpected crowd to the program, they did not take appropriate action or fulfill the conditions set by the administration in the permission letter.

The report found the organizing committee guilty of causing chaos at the venue. It also accused members of the organizing committee of misbehaving with local police, as they prevented officers from inspecting the venue.

The SIT team found a lack of adequate barriers and crowd management arrangements, and volunteers were engaged without proper vetting by police.

According to the report, the local SDM, Circle Officer, tehsildar, inspector and chowki manager were found guilty of failing in their duties. The SIT report mentions that these officials did not take the programme seriously and did not inform the higher officials about the ‘Satsang’. One of the key findings of the report is that the SDM, Sikadararau, gave permission for the ‘Satsang’ to be held without inspecting the place.

A separate judicial commission headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Brijesh Shrivastava and retired judicial inspector Hemant Rao is also probing the Hathras stampede case.

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