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Ten pilgrims killed in stampede in India

Satna: The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives in a stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in Madhya Pradesh. In his message to Shri Ram Naresh Yadav, Governor of Madhya Pradesh, the President has said "I am extremely saddened to learn about the stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in Madhya Pradesh, in which a number of devotees, including women lost their lives and many others were injured. I understand relief and rescue operations are currently underway. I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families, who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”. Ten pilgrims were killed and over 60 are believed to have suffered injuries in a stampede early today at Kamtanath Pahad Temple, about 80 kms away from Satna district headquarters, on the Madhya Pradesh-Uttar Pradesh border. Devotees, mostly women, encircle the mountain by lying and rolling on the path for worship. The presence of a large crowd resulted in a stampede in the area leaving 10 dead. Large number of devotees had gathered at the religious place on the occasion of 'Amavasya' and the incident during the circumambulation of the Kamtanath Pahad (mountain). "Ten people were killed and over 60 are suspected to be injured in the stampede," Collector M L Meena said. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the stampede; Rs 50,000 to seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to those who suffered minor injuries. The exact number of persons injured in the stampede will be known later as Collector and other senior officials have rushed to the spot from Satna to take stock of the situation.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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