Deadly Stampede Claims Over 100 Lives at Religious Event in India

Deadly Stampede Claims Over 100 Lives at Religious Event in India
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A trag­ic stam­pede at a reli­gious gath­er­ing in north­ern India has result­ed in the deaths of at least 105 peo­ple, with many women and chil­dren among the victims. 

The inci­dent occurred as thou­sands of atten­dees rushed to leave a makeshift tent fol­low­ing an event with the Hin­du fig­ure Bhole Baba.

Accord­ing to reports, the gath­er­ing had per­mis­sion to host around 5,000 peo­ple, but it is esti­mat­ed that over 15,000 had gath­ered at the site in Hathras dis­trict, about 350 kilo­me­ters south­west of the state cap­i­tal Lucknow. 

Author­i­ties have cit­ed heat, suf­fo­ca­tion, and over­crowd­ing as poten­tial fac­tors that con­tributed to the dead­ly stampede.

Wit­ness accounts describe a chaot­ic scene, with peo­ple falling on top of one anoth­er as they tried to exit the area. Bod­ies were trans­port­ed to hos­pi­tals and morgues by trucks and pri­vate vehi­cles, as the scale of the tragedy unfolded.

Senior police offi­cer Sha­l­abh Math­ur con­firmed the high death toll, stat­ing that 105 peo­ple had died, with an addi­tion­al 84 injured and admit­ted to hos­pi­tals. Indi­an Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi offered his con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, while the state’s chief min­is­ter called the inci­dent “extreme­ly sad and heart-wrenching.”

Dead­ly stam­pedes are a recur­ring issue at reli­gious gath­er­ings in India, where large crowds gath­er in areas with poor infra­struc­ture and lim­it­ed safe­ty measures. 

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