Oct 17, 2016

Varanasi stampede: Sect leader booked

October 18, 2016
The Tribune

Varanasi: An FIR has been registered against the leader of Jai Gurudev sect over the Varanasi stampede on Saturday that left 25 dead and over 100 injured. Pankaj Maharaj was booked for providing wrong information to the district authorities on the size of the crowd expected to attend a religious congregation.

The sect is considered close to Samajwadi Party chief Shivpal Singh Yadav.  The FIR was registered only after Pankaj Maharaj left for Allahabad. A disciple of the late Jai Gurudev Baba, he had washed his hands off any mismanagement on part of the organisation, declaring he would hold even larger spiritual events in future. IANS


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