12 folks had been killed when a crowd surged at a well-liked Hindu shrine in Kashmir

Well being employees carry the coffin of a sufferer who died Saturday in a stampede on the Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Channi Anand/AP conceal caption

Well being employees carry the coffin of a sufferer who died Saturday in a stampede on the Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

SRINAGAR, India — A crowd surge at a well-liked Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed no less than 12 folks and injured 15 others on New 12 months’s Day, officers mentioned.

Preliminary stories urged an altercation between a bunch of devotees led to the crush early Saturday on the Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine, the place tens of hundreds of Hindus gathered to pay respects within the hilly city of Katra close to southern Jammu metropolis.

« One thing occurred close to one of many gates and I discovered myself beneath a crush of individuals. I suffocated and fell however by some means managed to face up, » mentioned Mahesh, who gave just one title.

« I noticed folks transferring over the our bodies. It was a horrifying sight, however I managed to assist in rescuing some injured folks, » he mentioned.

Press Belief of India information company quoted police chief Dilbag Singh as saying that authorities had been fast to reply and the order inside the crowd was instantly restored.

The pilgrimage resumed after practically 4 hours, officers mentioned. An investigation was underway.

Policemen stand guard as devotees line up for registration to go to the holy cave of Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine following a stampede on Saturday. Channi Anand/AP conceal caption

Policemen stand guard as devotees line up for registration to go to the holy cave of Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine following a stampede on Saturday.

One other devotee named Priyansh mentioned he and 10 associates from New Delhi arrived Friday evening to go to the shrine. He mentioned two of his associates died within the crush.

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi expressed his condolences in a message on Twitter.

« Extraordinarily saddened by the lack of lives as a result of a stampede, » Modi wrote.

Pilgrims typically trek on foot to succeed in the hilltop temple, which is among the most visited shrines in northern India.

Lethal crowd surges are pretty frequent throughout Indian non secular festivals the place large gatherings, typically within the tens of millions, cowl small areas with few security or management measures.

In 2013, pilgrims visiting a temple for a well-liked Hindu competition in central Madhya Pradesh state trampled over one another amid fears {that a} bridge would collapse, and no less than 115 folks had been crushed to dying or died within the river under.

Greater than 100 Hindu devotees died in a 2011 crush at a spiritual competition within the southern state of Kerala.

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