The East Godavari District Collector sent its report to the NHRC over the stampede at Kotagummam Pushkar Ghat, in which 27 people lost their lives. At 8.30 A.M., that morning, there was a sudden surge of devotees into the ghat, leading to the stampede, the Collector said. The police and officials were unable to manage the crowds. All arrangements were in place at the ghat before the Pushkarams started, the Collector said. The crowds broke all barricades and rushed inside, the report said.