Discarding the speculation of sabotage, a probe body formed by Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) identified three reasons behind the deaths of 10 people in a stampede at a post-funeral feast commemorating former city mayor and Awami League leader ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
Pressure of a mammoth crowd, mismanagement and slope at the entrance of Reema Community Centre, where the event was organized, caused the tragic incident, according the probe report.
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Investigators prepared the report after examining video footage of the accident spot of that day.
“After examining video footage of the venue, we reached a conclusion that the incident could have been averted had there been no slope at the entrance of the convention centre. It took place as the crowd rushed down the slope,” CMP Deputy Commissioner (south) SM Mostain Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.
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Mostain, who led the three-member probe body, also said they had submitted the report to CMP Commissioner Iqbal Bahar on Thursday night.
Soon after the incident on December 18, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury Nowfel, son of the late mayor, doubted whether it might have been an act of sabotage by certain quarters.
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He, however, declined to make any comment, when asked about findings of the probe committee.
Some 14 people were also injured in the stampede.