WB: Tent collapses during PM's rally in Midnapore; 20 injured

Garima Bora


WB: Tent collapses during PM

16 Jul 2018: WB: Tent collapses during PM's rally in Midnapore; 20 injured

A makeshift tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in West Bengal's Midnapore district today, injuring at least 20 people.

The tent, officials said, was erected next to the main entrance of the rally venue to shelter people from the rain.

According to officials, the Prime Minister saw the tent collapsing while he was in the middle of his speech.

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Fact: Here is a video of people inspecting the collapsed tent

Help: PM instructs SPG personnel to attend to the injured

Many enthusiastic BJP supporters were seen crowding inside the tent during the rally.

The Prime minister immediately instructed SPG personnel standing next to him to look after the people and attend to the injured.

The local BJP unit as well as Modi's personal staff, including his doctor and SPG personnel, swung into action to help the injured, officials said.

Fact: Modi visited the injured in the hospital

Most of the injured have been admitted to the hospital, an official said, adding that the number could rise. After addressing the rally, PM Modi also went to the hospital to visit the injured.