A minimum of 12 killed in stampede at Hindu shrine

On this image taken on Nov. 22, 2021 a normal view reveals the Vaishno Devi shrine, one of many nation’s most revered Hindu websites, close to Katra city in Jammu and Kashmir union territory. A minimum of 12 folks died and 13 have been injured in a stampede at a spiritual shrine in India within the early hours of Jan. 1, 2022 as hundreds of pilgrims massed to supply prayers, officers mentioned.

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A minimum of 12 pilgrims died and greater than a dozen have been injured in a stampede at a Hindu shrine in Kashmir on Saturday morning, police mentioned.

“Twelve pilgrims died and 14 have been injured in a stampede within the early morning at this time at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine,” mentioned senior police officer, Mukesh Singh.

All the injured have been hospitalized, he mentioned.

The stampede broke out when an enormous crowd of devotees, who had come to mark the start of the New 12 months, entered the Vaishno Devi Bhawan shrine, one other official mentioned.

“Extraordinarily saddened by the lack of lives because of a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a condolence message.

The official mentioned {that a} excessive stage inquiry has been ordered.

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