Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said, "Investigation will make it clear whether it was a human error or a conspiracy. We will have an all party meeting and create a blue print, will work within that framework to avoid such incidents in future. Investigation is going on and action will be taken against all those who will be found responsible."
Investigation will make it clear whether it was a human error or a conspiracy: Jitan Ram Manjhi on Patna stampede pic.twitter.com/NlrcxRMHbA— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2014
Sad incident,don't know how this incident took place, it wasn't expected, the crowd was disciplined: Jitan Ram Manjhi pic.twitter.com/GSoTXGrsJ2— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2014
However, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad blamed the state government for the tragedy.
"They know that lots of people will come, so why were proper arrangements not made? If the allegation is true that only one gate was open, why it is so? If people say your media is saying that there was no light, why it is so? I think this is a very elementary accountability with the state government and it has to explain," he said.
Officials said the stampede started at the end of the festival when people started leaving.
Witnesses said that the road people left on was not properly lit. But police are analysing pictures from CCTV to find out what triggered the stampede.
On Friday a huge crowd had gathered at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna for the burning of effigies at dusk during the Dussehra festival.