‘Bhole Baba’ On-Camera Statement Over Hathras Tragedy

After 121 people were killed in a deadly stampede at his 'satsang' in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras earlier this week, Bhole Baba, the former constable-turned-self-styled godman, has said that he was "deeply saddened" by the incident. 

Jul 6, 2024 - 13:50
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‘Bhole Baba’ On-Camera Statement Over Hathras Tragedy

After 121 people were killed in a deadly stampede at his 'satsang' in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras earlier this week, Bhole Baba, the former constable-turned-self-styled godman, has said that he was "deeply saddened" by the incident. 

"May God give us the strength to bear this pain. Please keep faith in the government and the administration. I have faith that anyone who created the chaos would not be spared. Through my lawyer AP Singh, I have requested the members of the committee to stand with the bereaved families and the injured and help them throughout their lives," said 'Bhole Baba' in a video statement. His original name is Suraj Pal Singh,

The 'satsang' attracted as many as 2.5 lakh devotees. The stampede began when attendees "started collecting dust" from the ground where Bhole Baba's car had passed. This chaotic scene led to men, women, and children falling over each other, resulting in several deaths. The gathering far exceeded the 80,000-person limit set by authorities, police said.

Bhole Baba, also known as Narayan Sakar Hari, had been elusive since the stampede. His lawyer, AP Singh, had said yesterday that he would cooperate with the investigation. "We have district-wise lists of the victims, and Narayan Sakar Hari's trust would take care of the education, health, and wedding expenses of the families of those who died in the stampede," Mr Singh said.

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