The toll rose to eight on Wednesday night as one additional victim of a stampede that occurred during a TDP event in Kandukur town, Nellore district, died while receiving treatment, according to police on Thursday.
When the Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu was giving a roadshow speech there on Wednesday, the victims, who included two women, fell into a drainage canal and were injured along with eight other people.
Based on preliminary information, they had claimed that a large crowd had assembled at the location and that there had been some jostling among attendees during the meeting, which had resulted in a stampede-like situation at the canal. In hospitals, some of the injured are receiving care.
Naidu announced Rs 10 lakh to the deceased persons’ kin and then abruptly called off the gathering. He also went to the hospitals where the wounded were being treated. He also requested from the TDP leaders that the injured receive adequate medical attention.
In response to the disaster, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow and provided ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to those injured and Rs 2 lakh to the surviving family members of the deceased.
“Pained by the mishap at a public meeting in Nellore, AP. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased and the injured would be given Rs 50,000,” PM tweeted.
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