19 Killed, Many Injured In Stampede At Rajghat Bridge Near Varanasi
LUCKNOW: At least 19 were killed and many were injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Saturday.
The stampede took place near the historic Rajghat bridge on the river Ganga where hundreds had gathered for a tribute organised for spiritual leader Jai Gurudev.
Thousands were crammed in very narrow roads, far more than what was permitted, according to officials.
Rumours about the bridge collapsing fueled chaos, speculated policemen.
Images showed rescuers among the dead and injured, besides shoes, clothes and belongings scattered around. Several ambulances are at the spot.
18 killed, hundreds injured in Varanasi stampede
Varanasi, Oct 15 (IANS) At least 18 persons, inlcuding women, were killed and hundreds injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in Varanasi on Saturday, police said.
The stampede occurred at around 1.30 p.m. at the Rajghat bridge where thousands of people had turned up at the religious congregation by the disciples of the late spiritual leader Jai Gurudev.
Officials told IANS that 18 dead bodies have been recovered and that the number of injured may run into hundreds.
“For now, we are focussing on relief and rescue operations and a probe will be ordered later to ascertain the exact cause of the tragedy,” the official added.