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Festival stampede at north Indian temple kills 10

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

A stampede in a packed temple during a Hindu festival in northern Indian killed 10 people and injured 11 on Sunday, police said. About 30,000 people offering prayers to the goddess Durga had packed into the Tildiha village temple in Bihar state on the last day of the Navratri festival, Banka district police director Neelmani said.


Four women and six men died in the stampede, and another 11 people were injured and are being treated at nearby hospitals, Neelmani said. Three are in critical condition.


It was not immediately clear what caused the stampede.


The 10-day Navrati festival is marked by ritual prayers and sacrifices of goats to Durga, the Mother Goddess in the Hindu religion.


The village in Banka district is about 124 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Bihar’s state capital, Patna.

Source: SGGP

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