According to latest news, one person was killed in a fire that broke out early this morning at the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 organized in Allahabad.
A video recorded by an eyewitness shows a raging of blaze and the trail of destruction it left behind at the Nirmal Akhada in sector 4 of the mela venue.
It is said in news that around 30 make-shift tents set up to house pilgrims were gutted by the fire and the fire broke out at around 2 am.
Talking to reporters, an eyewitness said, “As soon as we saw the fire break out, we all rushed out of our tents. That helped keep casualties to the minimum.”
Further, the Senior Superintendent of Police RKS Rathore told media, it is expected that the fire broke out due to short circuit and person who got killed was might fast sleep and not run out of his tent before getting caught under fire.
Huge numbers of pilgrims are present at Sangam to perform holy dip. Holy confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers in Allahabad.
However, there is a massive deployment of security officials at the Kumbh Mela to manage the flood of pilgrims. In fact, authorities at the Allahabad railway station are allowing pilgrims to enter and leave in batches as to avoid any mishappenening.
Last week, 36 devotees were killed at the Allahabad railway station, which was over packed with devotees attending the mela.
Three crore people were in Allahabad on Sunday, on Mauni Amavasya, believed to be the most auspicious day of the Maha Kumbh, which takes place once every 12 years.