Rajkot: Eight women died due to suffocation while four others were admitted to a hospital during a cultural programme in an overcrowded hall in the district on Sunday, police said.
The incident took place during a feast of Levua Patel
community at the Gopalnathji haveli in Dhoraji town, they
The hall was overcrowded, leading to suffocation, Rajkot
district Superintendent of Police (rural) D N Patel said,
adding it was not a case of stampede.
He said five to six women have been admitted to the
hospital after they complained of breathing problems.
Patel said investigation to find the exact cause of the
mishap was on.
Meanwhile, Rajkot district collector has ordered an
magisterial inquiry into the entire incident.
"We have ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident
that took place at Dhoraji," Rajkot collector HS Patel said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over
the incident and extended his condolences to the relatives of
the deceased, a CMO spokesperson said.