Upheaval at Vaishno Devi Indian shrine: 12 dead, 20 injured, India News

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In a tragic development, around 12 people lost their lives and 20 others were injured after a stampede due to a heavy stampede of worshipers at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in the Union of Indian Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.

The incident happened near gate number three, which is located outside the shrine of the shrine on top of the Trikuta Hills.

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Worshipers had come in large numbers to pay their respects to mark the start of the new year, officials said.

At the scene, senior officials and representatives of the sanctuary council arrived.

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The bodies of 12 people who died in the stampede were taken to Katra base camp hospital for identification and other formalities.

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Several of the injured are being treated at the Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana super-specialty hospital, officials said.

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The condition of four of the injured appears to be “critical”. The shrine is always open and the faithful pay homage to it.

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J&K LG Manoj Sinha, said: “An ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the next of kin of those who died in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Katra; Rs 2 lakh for the injured.

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A high-level investigation was also ordered into the incident. “It will be headed by the Principal Secretary (Home) with ADGP, Jammu and Divisional Commissioner Jammu as members,” Sinha added.

(With contributions from agencies)



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