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Jodhpur Stampede, Jodhpur News

JODHPUR: In one of worst tragedies in Rajasthan, 200 people are dead, mostly men, and several injured in a stampede that took place when thousands of devotees gathered at a 15th century temple in Jodhpur on the occasion of Navaratri festival on Tuesday.
Jodhpur Temple Stampede

It is feared that the toll may cross 200.

The worshippers had gathered at the Chamunda Devi Temple situated on a hill top in the precincts of Mehrangarh Fort when the tragedy struck at around 5.30 am after some devotees slipped on a slope causing the stampede.

The injured are being treated in various hospitals, Rajasthan’s Principal Secretary (Home) S N Thanvi said. “As some devotees slipped on the slope on the temple path, others gathered there started falling on each other causing the stampede. A majority of those killed died due to suffocation as a result of the stampede,” he said in Jaipur.

According to reports, there is shortage of oxygen in hospitals.

Director General of Police (DGP), Rajasthan, K S Bains, however, said that nearly 100 people were injured in the incident.

Officials said most of the dead were men as the stampede took place in the separate queue for males for going to the temple.

About 15 to 20 people were killed at the stop and the others succumbed to their injuries in Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Mathura Das Hospital and Sun City Hospital, among others, in Jodhpur.

The dead include a large number of young people, they said.

The devotees in large numbers, including women, had gathered at the temple from early this morning on the occasion of Navaratri festival.

Temple Stampede Kills 200, Injured 250

September 30, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment