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Witness: 'There was a stampede and chaos'
Dr Sattar Shah in Malegaon | September 08, 2006 19:30 IST
I was treating my patients after Friday prayers when I saw people running in panic near my dispensary.
I asked them what happened and they told me there was a blast at the Bada Kabristan in the Nayapura area in Malegaon. They told me there were three blasts in that area. The first occurred at 1.50 pm in Bada Kabristan and second occurred a few moments later and the third one happened at Mushawarat Chowk.
Soon after the blasts there was a stampede and complete chaos. The death toll is likely to go up since thousands of people had assembled at the Bada Kabristan since it was Shabe Barat (Muslims visit graveyard every year on this day and it is an annual ritual).
I saw seven bodies in the hospital and I also treated some of the injured at my clinic. The dead and injured were rushed to two hospitals -- Saran hospital and Wadia Hospital immediately after the blasts.
Many people have lined up to donate blood and there is no shortage of blood at this moment.
We have no idea who is behind this as Malegaon was peaceful and there has been no communal tension for the last five years. The last time there were riots was in October, 2001.
The Central Reserve Police Force has already arrived in the town and as of now the situation is tense but under control.