Indore Temple Tragedy: Will decide the responsibility of the culprits of the temple accident in Indore


Describing the death of 35 people as unfortunate due to the collapse of the floor of a temple built on an ancient stepwell in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday that the state government would fix the responsibility of the culprits after the investigation.

The Chief Minister inquired about the well-being of 16 victims who were admitted to a private hospital the next day after the accident and later visited the spot at Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal Temple in Patel Nagar. During this, State Home Minister Narottam Mishra was also with him.

Chouhan told reporters, “The administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the accident and the police have also registered a case. We will fix the responsibility of the guilty after investigation and take action against them.”

The Chief Minister said that he has instructed the officials to conduct an inquiry across the state to find out which wells and stepwells have been covered and constructed in an unsafe manner and which tube wells have been kept open.

He said, “We want that incidents like the incident in Indore temple should not recur. If any well, step well or tube well is found in dangerous condition on private or government land during the investigation, action will be taken against the concerned land owner or official.

The Chief Minister said that one person was still missing after the accident during the Havan being performed on Ram Navami in the temple and the priority of the state government was to find him. “I kept monitoring the rescue operation throughout the night last night and kept getting updates from the officials,” he said.

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