The stampede occurred at 7 PM yesterday when thousands of passengers, mostly Maha Kumbh devotees returning after taking holy dip at the Sangam, had gathered to board a train. Gandhi has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the tragic death of pilgrims, a message from the AICC said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy and instructed the Railway ministry to provide all possible assistance. Singh also directed Central government departments to extend all possible help to the Uttar Pradesh government in relief operations.
The UP government had ordered an inquiry into the stampede and asked the Railways to make proper arrangements to clear rush of devotees and sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of each of the deceased persons.