KK’s death: Jagdeep Dhankhar calls it “failure of the administration”

Kolkata CP Vineet Goyal however said that nothing amiss was reported to the police during the show.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday blamed the state government for singer KK’s death saying, “there would not have been more failure of the administration.” The singer passed away in Kolkata earlier this week – on May 31 – after a concert at Nazrul Manch.

“The death of KK was very painful. Several people have sent me videos and I have seen them. My heart bleeds. There could not have been more mismanagement. There could not have been more failure of the administration,” Dhankhar said.

The Bengal Governor added: “If we get into every facet of it, those supposed to maintain the atmosphere there, control the number of people present, in the event of crisis engage in some remedial steps – there was complete failure. Those supposed to oversee it, must be held accountable,” he said.

Preliminary findings from the post-mortem indicate cardiac arrest as cause of death. However, Bharatiya Janata Party national vice-president Dilip Ghosh has alleged that the state government gave him a gun salute “out of guilt”. Other BJP leaders have also alleged conspiracy.

Kolkata Police commissioner Vineet Goyal however said that there was no “stampede-like situation” and at no point was it reported to the police that something was amiss. He also said that police officials were present on duty prior to KK’s arrival, and there was no shortage of space.

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