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India: Deadly stampede at Hindu religious festival

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By Euronews
India: Deadly stampede at Hindu religious festival

<p>At least 11 pilgrims are reported dead with many more injured after a stampede at a Hindu religious festival in India.</p> <p>Thousands of people had gathered outside a temple in the eastern state of Jharkhand but tragedy struck when the doors opened at daybreak.</p> <p>“We were all queueing,” said pilgrim Nidhi Kumari. </p> <p>“Suddenly there was a push and we all fell down.”</p> <p>The stampede in Deoghar came as devotees had assembled for a day considered auspicious for the temple’s goddess.</p> <p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede in Jharkhand. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of the deceased in this hour of grief</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/630591998676762624">10 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Stampedes are not uncommon at large religious festivals in India, <br /> which is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade, according to the UN.</p>