Indian temple stampede during festival leaves 11 dead and dozens injured
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.