NEW DELHI: In Barmer district of Rajasthan, at least 14 people lost their lives, and about 50 were injured when a heavy storm collapsed the Pandal during a religious program. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers expressed shock, sorrow, and condolences at the tragic incident. PM Modi called it ‘unfortunate,’ condoling the bereaved families and wishing a quick recovery to those injured.
PMO India posted on Twitter-
“Collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Rajasthan’s Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery: PM @narendramodi”
Collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Rajasthan’s Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 23, 2019
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot from Jaipur took charge of the situation, announcing Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the relatives of people who lost their lives and Rs 2 lakh for the wounded. He directed Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner BL Kothari for the investigation of the incident.
This tragic incident occurred during a ‘Ram Katha’ that was organized at a school ground near Rani Bhatiyani temple in Jasol area of Barmer district. The pandal got collapsed by heavy winds as hundreds of devotees attended the program.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief over the incident and tweeted,
“Sad to learn about loss of lives due to collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Barmer, Rajasthan. My condolences to the bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured #PresidentKovind”
Sad to learn about loss of lives due to collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Barmer, Rajasthan. My condolences to the bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 23, 2019
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also tweeted,
मेरी सभी भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं से अपील है कि बाड़मेर हादसे में घायल हुए भाई-बहनों व उनके परिजनों की हरसंभव सहायता करें। साथ ही राज्य सरकार से निवेदन है कि मृतकों व घायलों के परिजनों को शीघ्र आर्थिक सहायता उपलब्ध कराएं।
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) June 23, 2019
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet,
“Pained to know about the loss of lives due to collapse of a Pandaal in Barmer, Rajasthan. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”
Pained to know about the loss of lives due to collapse of a Pandaal in Barmer, Rajasthan. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 23, 2019
Also, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, as well as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan & the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Sachin Pilot, expressed their condolences, praying for a speedy recovery of the injured and wishing strength to the families of those who died.
बाड़मेर जिले के बालोतरा मे अंधड़ से पांडाल गिरने से हुए हादसे मे कई लोगों की मृत्यु एवं घायल होने की खबर दुखद है। मैं मृतकों के परिजनो के प्रति गहरी संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करता हूँ एवं घायलो के शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना करता हूँ। प्रशासन को राहत व बचाव कार्य के लिए निर्देश दिए गए है
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) June 23, 2019
जसोल,बाड़मेर में राम कथा के दौरान टेंट गिरने से हुए हादसे में बड़ी संख्या में लोगों की जान जाने की जानकारी अत्यंत दुखद, दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है।ईश्वर से दिवंगतों की आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करने,शोकाकुल परिजनों को सम्बल देने की प्रार्थना है।घायलों के शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना करता हूँ।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 23, 2019
Most of the people who died were from various villages of the Barmer district, which includes the Jasol village that is nearly 460 km from Jaipur.