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Six sevadars arrested over Hathras stampede


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Hathras, July 4: The Uttar Pradesh police said on Thursday that they have arrested six ‘sevadars’, including two women, in connection with the Hathras stampede that killed 121 people.
The only accused named in the FIR is at large while preacher Surajpal alias Narayan Sakar Hari alias Bhole Baba will be questioned if required during investigation, a senior officer said. “All six persons who have been arrested worked as sevadars (volunteers) at the ‘satsang’,” Inspector General of Police (Aligarh Range) Shalabh Mathur told reporters here. “A reward of Rs 1 lakh will be announced soon and non-bailable warrant (NBW) will also be issued against key accused Devprakash Madhukar,” Mathura said. The preacher Surajpal was not mentioned as accused in the FIR lodged at the local Sikandra Rau police station on Tuesday after the stampede at Phulrai village that left 121 people dead in its wake.
Bodies identified, handed over to families
Hathras District Magistrate Ashish Kumar has said that the bodies of all victims of the Hathras stampede have been identified and handed over to their families. The district magistrate said on Thursday, “There were three bodies which were unidentified till Wednesday. Two of them were identified late Wednesday night.” Meanwhile, one body has been identified by the family over a video call in Aligarh hospital and they are on their way to the facility”. (Agencies)


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