11 killed, several injured in Deogarh temple stampede

Ranchi: At least 11 people, including a woman, were killed and 30 others injured in a temple stampede in Jharkhand’s Deogarh district early today, police said.
tried to overtake each other around 4 am,” Deputy Commissioner of police, Deogarh Amit Kumar said.

“More than one lakh people were in a queue to offer prayers at a temple. All of a sudden some confusion prevailed and stampede took place,” a police official said.

The incident took place near a Durga temple at Belabagan More on Deogarh-Jassidih, about 350 kilometres from Ranchi, Civil Surgeon Diwakar Kamath said.

All the injured are being treated at a nearby hospital, Kamath said.

During Shravan month of the Hindi calender, more than 30 lakh people offer prayers at the famous Baidyanath Temple. On Mondays, the number goes up substantially and around 1.5 to two lakh people offer prayers.

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