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Published Time: 02.07.2024 - 15:13:56 Modified Time: 02.07.2024 - 15:13:56

" started falling one upon another, one upon another. Those who were crushed died. there pulled them out," witness Shakuntala Devi told the Press Trust of India news agency. Stampede


A stampede among thousands of at a religious gathering in northern India has killed at least 105 and left scores injured, officials said Tuesday, with many women and children among the dead.

Senior police officer Shalabh Mathur in Uttar Pradesh state confirmed that 105 had died while 84 others were injured and admitted to hospitals.

Police officer Rajesh Singh said there was likely overcrowding at the event in a village in Hathras district, 350 kilometres southwest of the state capital, Lucknow.

Initial reports suggested that more than 15,000 had gathered for the event, which had permission to host 5,000.

" started falling one upon another, one upon another. Those who were crushed died. there pulled them out," witness Shakuntala Devi told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Bodies were brought to hospitals and morgues by trucks and private vehicles, government official Matadin Saroj said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the families of the dead and said the federal government was working with state authorities to ensure the injured received help.

Uttar Pradesh's chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, called the stampede "extremely sad and heart-wrenching" in a post on social media platform X, formerly Twitter. He said authorities were investigating the cause.

In 2013, pilgrims visiting a temple for a popular Hindu festival in central Madhya Pradesh state trampled each other amid fears that a bridge would collapse. At least 115 were crushed to death or died in the river.

In 2011, more than 100 Hindu devotees died in a crush at a religious festival in the southern state of Kerala.

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