Indore temple tragedy: MP CM Chouhan inspects site; orders inquiry

The CM has directed officials to determine whether any wells or stepwells throughout the state have been covered dangerously and if any constructions have been erected over them.

Indore temple tragedy
CM Chouhan met with victims in hospital and ordered a magisterial inquiry I Photo: ANI

On Friday (March 31), Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh visited the site to the Indore temple tragedy and instructed the administration to investigate whether any wells or stepwells in the state have been covered dangerously due to constructions carried out over them.

His statements come a day after the floor of Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal temple in Indore, built atop a bawdi or stepwell caved in, killing 35 persons. The temple located in Patel Nagar, where the tragedy took place, had been constructed about four decades back after covering the square-shaped stepwell of around 20 ft x 20 ft size.

Borewells in the state will also be examined to check whether they have been covered or not, he said.

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CM Chouhan on Friday visited the site and reviewed the situation. Before that, he also visited the private hospital where 16 people, who suffered injuries in the incident, are admitted. State Home Minister Narottam Mishra was also present with him.

Terming the death of 35 people in the temple tragedy as unfortunate, Chouhan said the state government will take action against the guilty.

“The administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the accident and police have registered a case,” the chief minister said.

“After the investigation, we will fix the responsibility and action will be taken against the guilty,” he said.

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The CM said that he has instructed the officials to find out if any wells and stepwells across the state have been covered in a dangerous manner and if any constructions have been made on them.

Borewells will also be examined to see whether they have been covered or left open, he added following the Indore temple tragedy.

“We want to ensure that the tragedy that struck the Indore temple does not occur anywhere else again. During the investigation, if any well, stepwell or borewell is found to be in a dangerous condition on private or government land, then action will be taken against the concerned land owner or officer,” the chief minister said.

In the Indore temple tragedy, one person is still missing, he said, adding that tracing that individual was the state government’s priority.

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“I kept a tab on the rescue operation throughout the night and received information from the officials,” he said.

(With agency inputs)