Jaipur, Oct 1: On Wednesday, Oct 1 the Rajasthan Government has ordered a judicial probe into the Chamunda Devi Temple stampede in Jodhpur in which 180 were killed and over 100 were injured. Sources say that a retired judge of Rajasthan High Court will conduct investigation and will submit his report in three months.
As it was the first day of Navratra thousands of devotees gathered early morning on Tuesday, Oct 1, at the temple situated on a hill top when the tragedy took place. Some of the devotees slipped on a slope causing the stampede. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced compensation of Rs two lakhs for families of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for each of the injured.
Indian President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh have condoled the loss of lives in the stampede. The President said that she wished early recovery of those who were injured in the tragedy. Manmohan Singh has expressed shock and grief over the death of devotees in the stampede.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari expressed his shock and grief at the stampede. He conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured.