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Sonia Gandhi in Meerut to meet victims
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 11, 2006 10:52 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi rushed to Meerut on Tuesday morning to visit the site of the fire tragedy that left more then 50 persons dead and equal number injured.
"She has visited the hospitals and the incident site, and consoled the families of the deceased," a senior congress leader in New Delhi said over phone.
Senior Congress leader and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Salman Khursheed visited the scene on Monday night itself to prepare the groundwork for the party chief's visit.
Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh has taken a break from his Bharat Suraksha Yatra and is rushing to Meerut to visit the Victoria Park where the tragedy took place and meet the injured in the hospital.
Chief fire officer, who is alleged to have given the no-objection certificate to the organizers for setting up 3 air-conditioned halls, has not yet been available for comment.
"Nobody bothered to find out whether adequate provisions had been made to ensure smooth entry and exit for those visiting the place. No emergency provision or exit route had been prepared," said one M K Gupta, who was looking for his son and grandson, missing since the incident.