4 Shanghai officials sacked after New Year stampede

2015-01-21 08:26
A woman grieves as she is comforted by other relatives of a New Year's Eve stampede victim at the site of the tragic accident in Shanghai, China. (File, AP)

A woman grieves as she is comforted by other relatives of a New Year's Eve stampede victim at the site of the tragic accident in Shanghai, China. (File, AP)

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Shanghai - Shanghai has sacked four top district officials for insufficient preparation and response to the New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, the city government announced on Wednesday.

Investigation results released by the Shanghai government also noted that some of the officials responsible were at an opulent banquet the night of the disaster, hampering the response and adding to public discontent.

The investigation report blames 11 Huangpu District officials for insufficient precautions, poor site management and congestion at the scene of the stampede in the city's historic riverfront Bund area.

The district's Communist Party secretary, government chief, police chief and deputy police chief have been sacked and seven other officials have been demoted or otherwise disciplined, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Supervision Deputy Director Wang Yu told a news conference.

The stampede took place about a half-hour before midnight on 31 December on a set of concrete steps at a riverfront area where a light show normally is shown, although the light show had been cancelled.

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