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Hathras stampede | Former UP Police staffer, no social media presence: Who is 'Bhole Baba'?

A tragic stampede at a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district claimed the lives of at least 116 people and injured many more. The incident occurred following the conclusion of a Satsang led by Narayan Sakaar Hari, also known as Sakaar Vishwa Hari or 'Bhole Baba'.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Shgun S -- July 03rd 2024 08:38 AM -- Updated: July 03rd 2024 09:57 AM
Hathras stampede | Former UP Police staffer, no social media presence: Who is 'Bhole Baba'?

Hathras stampede | Former UP Police staffer, no social media presence: Who is 'Bhole Baba'?

Hathras stampede: A tragic stampede at a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district claimed the lives of at least 121 people and injured many more. The incident occurred following the conclusion of a Satsang led by Narayan Sakaar Hari, also known as Sakaar Vishwa Hari or 'Bhole Baba'.

The police are looking for Bhole Baba, who has not been found since the stampede incident.


Formerly known as Saurabh Kumar, the self-styled godman, had previously served in the intelligence department of Uttar Pradesh Police.

Here's all you need to know about Bhole Baba

Bhole Baba, formerly Saurabh Kumar, left the UP Police after 17 years of service to pursue a spiritual journey as a preacher. He is frequently seen giving lessons in a white suit and tie.

He organises satsangs with his wife and is also known as 'Sakar Vishwa Hari Baba of Patiali'. Hundreds of people regularly attend his events.

Also Read | Hathras stampede: What caused stampede at 'satsang' & where is ‘Bhole Baba’?

No social media presence

While his following extends beyond Uttar Pradesh to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, both the preacher and his followers avoid the media.

According to a devotee, Bhole Baba had no religious mentor, and shortly after his voluntary retirement from service, he had a 'vision' of the deity, which led him to become dedicated to spiritual pursuits. 

He used to hold Satsang every Tuesday, and just before Hathras, he held a similar event in the Mainpuri district last week.

Covid controversy

During the Covid pandemic, he courted controversy by asking permission to hold a satsang in Farrukhabad district in May 2022 with only 50 people attending. However, the congregation grew to over 50,000, causing significant problems for the local administration.

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