In­dian tem­ple stam­pede dur­ing fes­ti­val leaves 11 dead and dozens in­jured

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A stam­pede at a tem­ple dur­ing a Hindu re­li­gious fes­ti­val left at least 11 pil­grims dead and dozens in­jured early Mon­day in eastern In­dia, po­lice said.

Thou­sands of peo­ple tried to force their way into the tem­ple when its gates opened at day­break in Deoghar, a town in Jhark­hand state, said po­lice of­fi­cer Su­bodh Ku­mar.

At least 11 pil­grims, in­clud­ing eight women, died and another 24 were in­jured, Ku­mar said. The in­jured were be­ing treated at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

He said tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were par­tic­i­pat­ing in a month-long fes­ti­val at the tem­ple of Shiva, the de­stroyer, one of the main deities of Hin­duism.

Nidhi Ku­mari, a pil­grim who was wait­ing to en­ter the tem­ple, said “sud­denly there was a push and we all fell down.” She man­aged to es­cape the crush.

Dilip Ku­mar, another devo­tee, said he saved him­self by run­ning away from the crowds in the town 255 kilo­me­ters (160 miles) south of Patna, the cap­i­tal of Bi­har state.

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