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Chamunda Devi Temple Stampede

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Written on 3:15 AM by Reethi

At least 147 people have been killed and over 425 injured in a major stampede at the Chamunda Devi Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, where devotees had gathered in large numbers on the occasion of the start of Navaratri. Initial reports suggest that the stampede occurred after a wall collapsed near the entry gate which was followed by the rumour of a bomb explosion which caused the chaos among the people.

The incident points to a major lapse in the security as instead of the prescribed rules that the crowds should be sent in batches along the narrow path up the hill, the lack of enough security men led to people crushing on to each other. There were around 2,000 people in the narrow patch at the time of the stampede.

With Navratras beginning from today there were more than 20,000 devotees, mostly women, present in the temple at the time of the stampede. The stampede took place in the narrow street inside the temple when devotees tried to get the first glimpse of the Goddess. The stampede caused suffocation which led to the death of the devotees.

Jodhpur helpline number: 0291 - 2650316

- Reethi

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