In a brutal few minutes on Friday evening, the joy of Dussehra turned into chaos and tragedy at the Patna Gandhi Maidan. 33 people were killed in a stampede, mostly women and children. Even before a preliminary report is in, several senior officials have been removed as glaring lapses came to the fore.
The National Disaster Response Force or NDRF is caught in a political crossfire between the BJP, which heads the government at the Centre and the Janata Dal (United) which rules Bihar, where 33 people died on Friday evening in a stampede at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was left fuming after a surprise visit on Sunday to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to meet the victims of Friday's stampede as he found doctors unavailable in the Emergency Ward.