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India: Deadly stampede at Hindu religious festival

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By Euronews
India: Deadly stampede at Hindu religious festival

At least 11 pilgrims are reported dead with many more injured after a stampede at a Hindu religious festival in India.

Thousands of people had gathered outside a temple in the eastern state of Jharkhand but tragedy struck when the doors opened at daybreak.

“We were all queueing,” said pilgrim Nidhi Kumari.

“Suddenly there was a push and we all fell down.”

The stampede in Deoghar came as devotees had assembled for a day considered auspicious for the temple’s goddess.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.

Stampedes are not uncommon at large religious festivals in India,
which is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade, according to the UN.