At least 19 people have been killed and 60 others injured have been injured in a stampede which broke out at Rajghat bridge between Varanasi and Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday afternoon.
Thousands of followers of religious leader Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of Ganga to take part in the two-day camp when the stampede broke out.
According to District Magistrate Chandauli Kumar Prashant, several of the injured are said to be critical.
Senior officials of police and administration have rushed to the spot to carry out relief and rescue measures.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh among others have expressed grief over loss of lives in the stampede.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured…I have spoken to officials & asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi,” he said in another tweet.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Varanasi. My condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured…Spoke to Commissioner of Varanasi who apprised me of the situation.I asked him to provide all possible help to those affected by the tragedy.”
(More details awaited)