Stampede at a temple in Deogarh, Jharkhand; 11 dead

RSTV Bureau

jharkhandAt least 11 people have been killed and 50 others have been injured in a stampede at a temple in Jharkhand’s Deogarh district.

The incident took place early on Monday morning near a Durga temple at Belabagan in Deogarh district, about 350 kilometres from Ranchi.

“Ten men and a woman died as the devotees tried to overtake each other around 4 am,” told Amit Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of police in Deogarh.

Thousands of devotees thronged the temple to offer prayers on the auspicious second Monday of the holy month of ‘Shravan’.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Home Secretary NN Pandey, Additional Director General of Police SN Pradhan and other officials supervised the rescue operation.

In an official statement Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das expressed grief and issued directions for better treatment of those injured.

The CM also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of those who died in the stampede. The injured will get a compensation of Rs 50,000, said the statement.

In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the loss of lives in the stampede.

“Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede in Jharkhand. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of the deceased in this hour of grief. I pray that the injured recover quickly. I spoke to CM Raghubar Das ji on the incident,” said PM Modi on twitter.

CM Das apprised PM Modi of the incident over phone.

(With inputs from PTI)