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On 13th October, 2013, large number of people had collected in Ratangarh Temple in Datia District of Madhya Pradesh during Navratra festival. It is alleged that to control the mob, the police had resorted to lathi-charge and this created panic and alarm among the people and caused snapping of the bridge leading to the temple. About 127 people died and 164 injured in the incident. Justice (Retired) Rakesh Saxena was appointed as the One Man Inquiry Commission by the State Government to inquire into the incident and he has submitted a report in this regard and the same is to be put on the table of the State Legislature. The representative of the State has reported that, out of the 127 deceased persons, the State Government has paid Rs.three lakhs and Rs.two lakhs by the Central Government as compensation to the next of kin of the 110 deceased persons. Thus, a total amount of Rs.five lakhs has been paid to the next of kin of each 110 deceased persons. It is also reported that a sum of Rs.50,000/- each has also been paid to the 164 injured persons. Principal Secretary (GAD) submitted that the compensation amount to the next of kin of the remaining 17 persons could not be disbursed as their whereabouts are not known. He has been directed to make all out efforts to trace the NoK of the remaining 17 persons and disburse the compensation amount to them. As regards the payments already been made to the next of kin of the 110 persons and also the 164 injured persons who had been paid Rs.50,000/-, the Commission expects the proof of payment from the State Government along with the compliance report and proof of payment in respect of the remaining 17 persons within a period of eight weeks. It has been alleged that police officials and Revenue officers had shown dereliction of duty and some of the officers were placed under suspension and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against them. The Commission has not received any final report with regard to the disciplinary proceedings initiated against delinquent officers. The Commission would also like to see the report submitted by Justice (Retired) Rakesh Saxena who inquired into the incident. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh is directed to forward a copy of the report of One Man Inquiry Commission submitted by Justice (Retired) Rakesh Saxena and also the final order, if any passed in the departmental proceedings initiated against the police officials and the Revenue officers in connection with the incident within a period of eight weeks. As regards the recommendations of the Commission that some operational mechanism should be formed to control large number of people who may gather at the temple premises during festival seasons to avoid recurrence of such incident, Principal Secretary (GAD) has stated that the State will implement such operational mechanism as suggested by the Commission. He has further stated that the State Disaster Management had also seized of the matter and framed certain guidelines in this regard. Shri M.B.Sagar, ADG (HR) stated that as per the directions of the High Court of Gwalior, the investigation of the criminal case of the incident has now been entrusted to the CBI and the investigation is going on. The ADG (HR) has been directed to inform the status of CBI investigation to the Commission within eight weeks.