04 March 2010

Stampede at Ram jhanki temple killed atleast 65 people and 20 others critically injured.

In a tragic incident at least 65 people were killed and over 20 others critically injured in a stampede during a luncheon (Bhandara) organized by a well-known Saint Kripalu Maharaj in Pratapgarh in UP on Thursday.

At least 65 people were killed and 30 injured on Thursday in a stampede at Ram Janki temple in Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh.

Sub divisional magistrate said at least 65 people have been killed in the tragedy in Mangarh area of Kunda town, about 180 km from here.

Sixty bodies had been recovered and more could have been killed in the tragedy, said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal, according to IANS.

Some of the injured were reported to be in critical condition.

The stampede occurred after the main gate of the temple collapsed. More than 30 people are reported to be trapped in the debris.

Most of the trapped people are women and children. There was a huge crowd gathered at the temple to attend a 'bhandara' (luncheon) of Swami Kripaluji Maharaj.

Police and administrative officials have reached the stampede site and are engaged in rescue and relief work.

More details are awaited.

[src: TOI]

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