On the occasion of Janmashtami, a painful accident happened during the Mangala Aarti to be held in the world famous Banke Bihari Mandir of Mathura. Media reports are telling that due to overcrowding, some devotees suffocated. Giving complete information about this incident, the police told when and how the accident happened.
There was a huge crowd inside the temple, people were suffocating due to the humidity. Nirmala Devi of Noida and Ram Prasad Vishwakarma of Jabalpur lost their lives due to suffocation. SSP, Mathura disclosed the identity of the dead to the media. A stampede-like situation arose in the temple, due to which 6 people were injured. The injured were rushed to the hospital and the authorities started dealing with the problem. Looking at the pictures and videos coming from the Banke Bihari temple, it can be guessed what will be the condition inside the temple.
The servitors of the temple claim that some officials took advantage of being VIPs and provided separate facilities to their families. Devotees present in the temple told that a senior police officer had brought his mother for darshan. A senior police officer of Mathura Refinery was also present during the Mangala Aarti along with his 7 family members. The servitors also say that the authorities had closed the doors of the upper storey for the safety of their families and because of this it was difficult to save the people.
It is being said that all the hotel-lodges and ashrams of Mathura-Vrindavan were full on the occasion of Janmashtami. Lakhs of people had come to celebrate Janmashtami. Many people also spent the night sleeping on the sidewalk. It was said on behalf of the administration that full security arrangements were made. Yesterday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also went to Mathura and worshiped Lord Krishna, due to which many people also reached Mathura. It is being said that about 50 lakh devotees had reached Mathura to celebrate Janmashtami, which is a large number according to the capacity of the area.