Bhole Baba, preacher at centre of Hathras stampede, used to stay at paper leak kingpin’s home in Rajasthan, say police | India News

Religious preacher Suraj Pal, also known as Narayan Sakar Vishwa Hari or ‘Bhole Baba’, at whose satsang the Hathras stampede took place, was familiar with a notorious paper leak accused from Rajasthan, police say. According to police, the preacher used to stay at Harshvardhan Meena’s place in Dausa whenever he visited Rajasthan. ADGP (Special Operations Group) V K Singh said Meena is the main accused in the Rajasthan 2020 Junior Engineer Exam (JEN) recruitment exam paper leak. “In January we raided Meena’s house in Dausa in connection with the paper…

Hathras stampede kills over 100: Why stampedes take place | Explained News

This is not the first time when a large number of people have lost their lives in a stampede at a religious gathering. According to data collated by F T Illyas and others, 79% of all stampedes in India from 1954-2012 took place in religious mass gatherings (“Human stampedes during religious festivals: A comparative review of mass gathering emergencies in India”, 2013). Here is why stampedes take place, and some common factors behind them. First, what is a stampede? Wenguo Weng and others define a stampede as “an impulsive mass…