At least 12 trampled on each other in the crowd at an Indian Hindu pilgrimage site

At least 12 trampled on each other in the crowd at an Indian Hindu pilgrimage site
At least 12 trampled on each other in the crowd at an Indian Hindu pilgrimage site

At least 12 people have died and several have been injured in a mass panic at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir. The injured have been taken to hospital, official bodies have told AFP, and the number of casualties could rise.

The Hindu shrine near the city of Katra is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in India. Usually, more than 10,000 people visit Mata Vaishno Devi every day, and this number may have been even higher on New Year’s Eve, despite the fact that the number of visitors has been maximized at 25,000 due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Witnesses said the crowd was not properly controlled, which could have led to the tragedy. After the investigation began, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “extremely saddened by the loss of human lives”. (BBC)






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