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    Hathras stampede: UP Police conduct search at Bhole Baba's ashram in Mainpuri

    The Hawk
    July4/ 2024
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    An FIR has been filed against the organizers, but 'Bhole Baba' remains unnamed. DSP Mainpuri Sunil Kumar confirmed the absence of 'Bhole Baba' at the ashram.

    Ram Kutir Charitable Trust in ​​Mainpuri

    Mainpuri (UP): Uttar Pradesh Police conducted a search operation at Ram Kutir Charitable Trust in Mainpuri on Thursday for 'Bhole Baba', a self-styled godman who conducted a satsang in Hathras where a stampede took place killing 123 people.
    An FIR has been registered on the incident naming organizers of the prayer meeting but 'Bhole Baba' has not been named yet.
    Earlier in the day, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mainpuri Sunil Kumar said "Baba has not been found inside the ashram."
    "There are 40-50 sevadars inside the ashram. He ('Bhole Baba') is not inside, neither he was yesterday nor he is today..." said DSP Mainpuri Sunil Kumar.
    SP City Rahul Mithas said, "I had come to check the security of the ashram. Nobody was found here."
    The police force was deployed around the ashram today early morning.
    On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the spot and ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

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    A three-member Judicial Inquiry Commission under the chairmanship of Justice (retd) Brijesh Kumar Srivastava has been constituted to ensure comprehensiveness of the subject matter and transparency in the inquiry, according to an official statement.
    The Judicial Commission will investigate the various aspects of the Hathras stampede in the next two months and after the investigation, a report will be submitted to the State Government.
    The preacher 'Bhole Baba' identified as Suraj Pal is also known by the names of Narayan Sakar Hari and Jagat Guru Vishwahari.
    As per the prima facie report, the devotees rushed to seek blessings and collect soil from around the preacher's feet, but were stopped by the security personnel of 'Bhole Baba'. Later, they started pushing one another due to which several people fell to the ground, leading to chaos at the site.
    Some people ran towards the adjoining field filled with mud, due to which they fell and were crushed by other devotees, the report stated. "The injured were taken to the hospital by the police and security personnel present at the site," it further said.