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Gujarat: Six killed in Bhavnath temple stampede

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 10:51

Rajkot: Six people were killed and eight others injured in a stampede that broke out on Sunday night at
Bhavnath temple`s annual Mahashivratri fair in the foothills
of Mount Girnar in Gujarat`s Junagadh district.

According to police, the stampede occured following
panic after the brakes of a four-wheeler at the fair venue
apparently failed. The Bhavnath temple is about 150 km from
Tens of thousands of devotees had gathered at the
popular fair which will conclude on the occasion of
Mahashivratri which falls on Monday. Bhavnath is an important
Shiva temple.

Five people are dead and eight injured, police sources
in Junagadh said.

Three women are reported to be among the dead.

The injured, some of whom are reported to be critical,
were being rushed to nearby hospitals.

Ambulance personnel said they were finding it difficult
to take the injured because of traffic jams at the road
leading to the temple.


First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 23:31

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