Pil­grims stam­pede

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PIL­GRIMS at a Hindu bathing fes­ti­val trig­gered a stam­pede on a river bank in south­ern In­dia, killing 27 and in­jur­ing dozens. The stam­pede on the Go­davari River in Andhra Pradesh was trig­gered by pil­grims try­ing to re­trieve their shoes, which had fallen off in the rush to the river­bank, po­lice said. Par­tic­i­pants be­lieve a bath in the river can rid them of their sins, and many bathe on the first day of the 12- day fes­ti­val.

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