Pilgrims killed in Indian stampede

Incident during religious ceremony on the banks of Ganges River in Haridwar leaves at least 16 people dead.

    At least 50 people have been injured in the stampede at Haridwar in Uttarakhand state

    A stampede has left 16 Hindu pilgrims dead and injured about 50 more during a religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River in northern India, according to an official.

    The stampede at Haridwar in Uttarakhand state on Tuesday was triggered when some of the pilgrims tripped and fell while those behind continued to push forward, Amit Chandola, a government spokesman, said

     

    Thousands of people had converged on the river banks for the prayer ceremony in the temple-filled town at the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganges enters the plains of northern India.

    Haridwar is about 500km southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

    Chandola said police had recovered 16 bodies from the site, and that about 50 injured people were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit Haridwar every year for bathing in the Ganges, which they believe will cleanse them of sins and free them from the cycle of life and rebirth.

    Stampedes often occur at Hindu pilgrimage sites, where authorities are unable to cope with the rush of devotees.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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