Stampede at Bangladesh clothes handout kills 23

Stampede erupts when hundreds try forcing their way into factory in northern city of Mymensingh to collect free clothes.

    Rich Bangladeshis often distribute free clothes to poor people during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan [EPA]
    Rich Bangladeshis often distribute free clothes to poor people during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan [EPA]

    At least 23 people have been killed in a stampede during a handout of free clothes in the northern Bangladeshi city of Mymensingh, police said.

    The stampede erupted on Friday when hundreds of people tried to force their way into a factory compound through a small gate after massing outside the building before dawn, local police chiefs told the AFP news agency.

    "We have so far recovered 23 bodies. Most of the dead are poor and emaciated women," Mymensingh police chief Moinul Haque said, putting the number of injured at more than 50.

    Kamrul Islam, the senior officer at a police station near the factory, said the death toll could rise.

    "Some people had taken the bodies of their relatives before police arrived at the scene," he said.

    The owner of the factory and six others have been arrested, Islam added.

    Police said up to 1,500 people had massed outside the chewing tobacco factory at around 4:45am after the plant owners had announced they would distribute free clothes to poor people in accordance with Islamic ritual.

    Rich Bangladeshis often distribute free clothes to poor people during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    SOURCE: AFP


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