Video: Sadhus descend into Ganges for Shahi Snan during Kumbh Mela

Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan, who resigned as incharge-Kumbh mela, has blamed the news channels for creating panic in the aftermath of the stampede.

“The death of two persons after falling in a drain was run as breaking news by channels saying that deaths took place due to a stampede in Kumbh. Due to this news, people started moving to the railway station following which pressure increased there,” Khan told presspersons here last night.

As there was no proper arrangement for announcements at the station, confusion prevailed there, he said.

Khan further said he was ready to resign as a Minister, too, if laxity of any of the departments he is heading comes to the fore.

“I have no interest in continuing as Minister if the responsibility of departments I am looking after comes to the fore,” he added.

Cabinet Minister Mohammad Azam Khan had yesterday resigned as in-charge of the Kumbh Mela in which 36 people were killed in a stampede.

(This article was published on February 12, 2013)
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