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Mayawati rally in Lucknow: Three killed, 13 injured in minor stampede, situation under control

Three people were killed and 13 injured in a minor stampede at BSP chief Mayawati's rally in Lucknow on Sunday, reported ANI.

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family of people who died in the stampede. The incident happened when a large group was trying to force its entry from gate number 1 at the Kanshiram Smarak Sthal, the rally venue.

The two women fell down in the melee and got crushed by others. The injured were taken to the Lokbandhu Hospital where the condition of one person was said to be critical. Rumours of a live power line having snapped triggered the stampede.

Mayawati was addressing a Bahujan Samaj Party rally at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar ground in Lucknow on the 10th death anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram, in which lakhs of people were said to be participating.

However, BSP's state unit chief Ram Achal Rajbhar said that the woman died due to humidity and not because of any stampede.

In 2002, at least 12 party workers were killed and 22 injured at the Charbagh Railway station after a BSP rally in Lucknow.

The BSP chief lashed out at the Modi government for using the surgical strikes across the Line of Control to gain political mileage.

"It is only after two-and-a-half years of coming to power that the government decided to carry out the strikes. There have been surgical strikes in the past too, but now they [BJP government] are using the surgical strikes to gain political mileage ahead of UP elections," the BSP chief said.

The BSP chief further attacked the BJP-led government by saying that it is spreading communalism and hatred in the country and the cases of crimes against Dalits and minorities have increased since the BJP attained power.

She also said, "Dalits are being targeted in various parts of the country in the name of cow protection. Minorities and Dalits are being harassed, as BJP wants to convert India into a Hindu nation."

"Harassment of Dalits and minorities would stop in the state once a BSP government comes to power in Uttar Pradesh," Mayawati promised the large gathering.

She hoped to form a majority government in the state and said better law and order, especially safety of women, would be the main focus of her government.

Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go for polls early 2017.

With inputs from agencies

Published Date: Oct 09, 2016 14:35 PM | Updated Date: Oct 09, 2016 16:54 PM

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