According to Uttar Pradesh Minister for Urban Development, Azam Khan, who is also the minister in-charge of Maha Kumbh Mela, at least 20 deaths have been caused due the stampede at Allahabad railway station. According to some estimates, over three crore devotees descended on the city on this most auspicious occasion of the Maha Kumbh.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh each to the seriously injured. Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal said special trains were being arranged for the passengers returning from Allahabad.
Expressing condolences to the members of the bereaved families, PM Manmohan Singh said that he was deeply shocked by the incident at Allahabad railway station, in which precious lives have been lost and other many pilgrims injured.
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