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Tear gas, main cause of death in Indonesia stadium disaster, says investigation reports

New Delhi: An investigation has concluded that tear gas was the main cause of death in the stampede which killed over 130 people in Indonesia on October 1.

An investigation has found the leading cause of death to be tear gas following a stampede that left more than 130 people dead at a football match in Indonesia on October 1. FIFA has banned the use of the crowd control measure, putting the Indonesian authorities and the Indonesian FA (PSSI) under intense investigation.

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On duty teams had no knowledge of tear gas

The fact-finding mission, carried out by government officials and football and security experts, concluded that the team on duty at the game had no knowledge that the use of tear gas was prohibited.

It said the tear gas had been fired “indiscriminately” and officers had employed “excessive” measures. Investigators also found that the PSSI had been ignoring regulations and have called for the resignation of its chairman and executive committee.

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Coordinating security minister Mahfud MD, has said, “a team separate from the fact-finders is still investigating the toxicity of the gas used, but no matter the outcome it could not diminish the conclusion that the massive (number of) deaths was mainly caused by tear gas”.

A joint task force between the PSSI and FIFA has been formed in order to improve crowd control and safety measures as the country is due to host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup next year.

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