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At least 39 killed in Kumbh stampede
August 27, 2003 14:30 IST
Last Updated: August 28, 2003 00:45 IST
At least 39 people, including 26 women, were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede in Nashik Kumbh on Wednesday afternoon.
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Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who was in Nashik, said the stampede occurred when some devotees broke barricades to reach the river.
Police Commissioner P T Lohar, however, said after the 'Shahi Snan' by sadhus and mahants, there was a surge of pilgrims towards Ramkund, where all Shahi Snans (royal baths) take place. The stampede happened when some Sadhus threw coins into the crowd, he said.
The injured were rushed to the Nashik Civil Hospital, Panchvati Hospital (0253-2518090) and the Indira Gandhi Hospital (0253-2621331).
An estimated 50 lakh people were in Nashik on Wednesday to take a holy dip in the Godavri river.
The narrow roads that lead to the Ramkund were bursting at seams.
A report said the stampede took place at the Sardar Chowk.
Bhujbal said a magisterial inquiry has been instituted into the incident.
A majority of those killed were from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the state administration sources said.
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