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Central team to visit West Bengal to assess reasons behind tent collapse during PM Modi's rally in Midnapore

The team comprising top officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG) will assess whether there was any lapse in the security measures, lack of coordination among different agencies and other shortcomings in organising the rally.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: July 17, 2018 16:24 IST ]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits a woman, who was

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits a woman, who was injured after a canopy a tent collapsed at his rally, at a hospital in Midnapore on Monday.

A team of top security officials will be visiting West Bengal to assess the circumstances leading to the collapse of a tent during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore, in which over 90 people were injured. 

The team comprising top officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG) will assess whether there was any lapse in the security measures, lack of coordination among different agencies and other shortcomings in organising the rally, a senior Home Ministry official said.

 
The development comes a day after the Home Ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government on the incident that occurred on Monday.

The makeshift tent, erected next to the main entrance of the rally venue to shelter people from rain, collapsed when Modi was midway through his speech. 

More than 90 people sustained injuries on Monday when a part of the canopy collapsed during the rally organised by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, hospital authorities said. The injured were rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital. The rally was organised by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.  

According to a list released by the Medical Superintendant of the hospital, a total of 90 persons were taken to the hospital, including 66 males and 24 females. However, 14 of them, however, were discharged after primary treatment, and the rest admitted to different departments in the hospital.

The prime minister later visited the hospital where the injured, including 50 women, were undergoing treatment. 

Earlier on Monday, Centre on Monday sought a report from the West Bengal government on the collapse of a makeshift tent at the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government would provide all medical assistance to those injured in the incident. 

"We pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured at the Midnapore rally today. The government is giving all help for medical treatment," Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Monday.

 

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