Kanpur: Two people from the city (Kanpur), both relatives, were among those killed in a stampede at Vaishno Devi temple in the early hours of Saturday.
Vaishno Devi administration has sent information to the Kanpur district administration in this regard.
Narendra Kashyap, a resident of Kakori village of Bidhnoo area, and his brother-in-law Mahendra Singh, a resident of Panki, had left Kanpur for Vaishno Devi on December 29.
As per the family members, they had planned to have `darshan’ of the goddess on the morning of the New Year.
“As they had queued up for `darshan’ in the morning and reached the temple premises, suddenly a stampede broke out and both of them suffered injuries and died. After the accident, on the basis of their identity cards, the Vaishno Devi administration sent information to the Kanpur district administration,” the family members further said.
Later, district magistrate Vishak G Iyer informed both the families through SDM.
The police and revenue staff of the area also reached the houses of both the families.
ADM (City) Atul Kumar told the media that the news of the fateful incident had been received from the Vaishno Devi administration.
On the basis of details provided by the Vaishno Devi administration, a contact was made with both the families. Details of the victims and their families have also been sent to the higher officials and the government.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended at the houses of both the victims as soon as the news of their death spread and a crowd of neighbours gathered outside their homes.
The family members of both the victims have left for Jammu. Locals said that Narendra used to work as a daily-wager, while his brother-in-law was a salesman at a fuel station at Bhatia tri-section.
“It came to fore that besides them, eight more people had gone to Vaishno Devi,” the family members said.