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Chhath stampede takes away family of a parking staff

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 6:42pm IST | Agency: PTI
With his wife and two children, becoming victims of the stampede on the occasion of Chhath, Roshan Sao blames the government for inadequate security arrangements leading to the tragedy that took 17 lives.

With his wife and two children, becoming victims of the stampede on the occasion of Chhath, Roshan Sao blames the government for inadequate security arrangements leading to the tragedy that took 17 lives.

35-year-old Sao, working as a vehicle parking staff, lost his wife, a son and a daughter in the incident at Adalatghat here last evening.

Sao, living in a rented house at Jakkanpur locality, had gone with his entire family to the ghat for Chhath.

Recalling the tragedy, Sao said caught in the stampede, he could manage to hold hands of his two daughters--Sonam (3) and Sonali (4) and escaped death.

"I could not save my wife Sanjoo Devi, son Karan (10) and Nandini (1)," an inconsolable Sao told PTI.

"My world has came to an end in front of my eyes," the distraught father of four said.

He said the government's ill arrangement for Chhath had claimed the lives of his children and wife. "Had the government made adequate security arrangements for the festival, my family could have been saved," Sao said with tears streaming down his face.

RJD President Lalu Prasad had gone to his home to express his condolence.

His two minor daughters who escaped the tragedy were also inconsolable over losing their mother, their lone brother and a younger sister.

Altogether 17 people had died in a stampede after a makeshift bridge collapsed at Adalatghat on the bank of river Ganga during Chhath festival on Monday.




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