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Vaishno Devi stampede: The 12 who died

January 01, 2022 21:49 IST

Seven pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh and three from Delhi were among the 12 people who died in a stampede at Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of Saturday, officials said.

IMAGE: Relatives carry the body of a victim at a mortuary at the base camp in Katra following a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, in Reasi district, on Saturday morning, January 1, 2022. Photograph: PTI Photo

The other two -- Mamta, 38, and Dheeraj Kumar, 26 -- belonged to Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, respectively, they said.

 

According to the list released by authorities, seven deceased Uttar Pradesh pilgrims have been identified as:

Shewata Singh, 35

Dharamveer Singh, 35

Vineet Kumar, 38

Arun Pratab Singh, 30,

Monu Sharma, 32

Mohinder Gour, 26

Narinder Kashap, 40

The three deceased pilgrims from Delhi were identified as:

Akash Kumar, 29

Sonu Panday, 24

Vinay Kumar, 24

Sixteen people, who were injured in the incident, were admitted to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana hospital at Kakriyal.

Six among them were discharged after necessary treatment, the officials said.

The following are still undergoing treatment:

Ratnesh Panday, 25, and Ashish Kumar Jaiswal, 25, of Uttar Pradesh.

Prashant Hada, 30 and Nitin Garg, 30, of Rajasthan.

Adhaya Mahajan, 16, and Sahil Kumar, 22, of Jammu.

Shivani, 25, and Sarita, 42, of Delhi.

Bhawar Lal Patidar, 47, of Madhya Pradesh.

Sumit, 29, of Punjab.

Those who were discharged included two each from Mumbai and Delhi and one each from Jammu and Haryana, the officials said.

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Probe report within a week

The three-member panel set up to probe the stampede has been asked to submit its report to the Jammu and Kashmir government within a week, according to an official order issued on Saturday.

The committee headed by the principal secretary (home) was constituted by the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.

In an order issued this evening on behalf of the J-K government, General Administration Department Principal Secretary Manoj Kumar Dwivedi said the high-level panel has been constituted to ascertain the reasons behind the tragic incident.

The other two members of the committee are Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer and Additional Director General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh.

'The Committee shall examine in detail the causes/reasons behind the incident (stampede) and point out the lapses and fix the responsibility thereof,' the order said.

It said the committee would submit its report within a week's time to the government and also suggest appropriate standard operating procedures and measures for preventing the recurrence of such incidents in future.

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Major stampedes at temples, other religious gatherings in India

August 27, 2003: 39 people were killed and around 140 injured in a stampede during the holy bath at the Kumbh Mela in Maharashtra's Nashik district.

January 25, 2005: More than 340 devotees were trampled to death and hundreds injured during an annual pilgrimage at Mandhardevi temple in Maharashtra's Satara district. The accident occurred when some people fell down on the steps made slippery by devotees breaking coconuts.

August 3, 2008: 162 dead, 47 injured in stampede triggered by rumours of rockslides at Naina Devi temple in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.

September 30, 2008: Nearly 250 devotees killed and over 60 injured in stampede triggered by rumours of bomb going off at Chamunda Devi temple in Rajasthan's Jodhpur.

March 4, 2010: About 63 people were killed in a stampede at Ram Janki Temple of Kripalu Maharaj in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district as people gathered to collect free clothes and food from the self-styled godman.

November 8, 2011: At least 20 people were killed in stampede in Haridwar at Har-ki-Pauri ghat on banks of the Ganga river.

November 19, 2012: Around 20 people were killed and many others injured as a makeshift bridge caved in, triggering a stampede during Chhath Puja at Adalat Ghat on the bank of river Ganga in Patna.

October 13, 2013: 115 people were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede during Navratri festivities near Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district. The stampede was triggered by rumours that a river bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse.

October 3, 2014: 32 people were killed and 26 others injured in a stampede at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, shortly after the Dussehra celebrations ended.

July 14, 2015: 27 pilgrims died and 20 others were injured in a stampede at a major bathing spot on the banks of the Godavari river where a huge crowd of devotees had gathered on the opening day of 'Pushkaram' festival in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.

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