Shanghai has punished eleven officials over the New Year’s Eve stampede that left 36 people dead and 49 injured, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
Among the eleven were four district officials who were sacked from their posts, the report said.
Zhou Wei, Communist Party chief of Huangpu District; Peng Song, deputy party chief and governor of the district; Zhou Zheng, deputy district governor and Huangpu’s public security chief; and Chen Qi, deputy police chief of the district, were relieved of their duties, the report said, citing Shanghai municipal authorities.
Seven other officials in tourism, public security and urban management, received disciplinary punishments, according to the report.
At a news conference Wednesday, Shanghai Vice Mayor Zhou Bo said the city had sent its “deepest apologies” to families of the victims for the “totally avoidable” incident.
“We feel extremely heart-stricken, guilty and very remorseful,” said Zhou, who was deputy head of a joint government investigation team on the stampede.
The deadly stampede happened at 11:35 pm on Dec. 31, when people assembled on Shanghai’s historic riverfront walk, the Bund, to usher in 2015.
An investigation report released Wednesday blamed “inadequate… preparation for the mass activity and poor on-site management” for the stampede.
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