PM Modi’s Midnapore rally: High-level SPG team will visit state to examine lapses behind tent collapse
A day after at least 90 people were injured when a makeshift tent collapsed at the venue of PM Modi’s rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore town, a high-level team of Special Protection Group (SPG) will visit the state to examine any lapses. The Centre had sought a report from the state government on the incident.
Meanwhile, a case was registered against an organiser and a decorator, who erected a makeshift tent at the venue of the rally, for negligence of duty, police said. Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) Alok Rajoria said that the police had registered a case against the organiser and the decorator for ‘extreme negligence’.
As per eyewitnesses, some people had climbed on the iron rods holding up the marquee, causing the structure to collapse. The injured were admitted to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, BJP leaders said. Medical superintendent Tanmay Kumar Panja had said 90 people were brought to the hospital after the incident. While 14 were discharged after first-aid, Panja had told The Indian Express that at least 76 people, including 20 women, are still undergoing treatment at the hospital.
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