Jammu and Kashmir: 12 killed, over dozen injured in Vaishno Devi stampede

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Katra (Jammu and Kashmir): In a sad incident, 12 devotees He died in a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Jammu and Kashmir.

The number of injured is said to be 13. It is being told that the incident took place at around 2:45 pm.

According to Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh, the devotees pushed each other over an argument over some issue, after which a stampede broke out.

Following the incident, the pilgrimage (pilgrimage) to the holy shrine has been temporarily suspended. A stampede broke out outside the sanctum sanctorum of a temple situated on the Trikuta hills in Reasi district.

Soon after the stampede was reported, the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a rescue operation.

The injured have been admitted to other hospitals including Mata Vaishno Devi Narayan Superspeciality Hospital. The condition of several injured is said to be critical.

After getting information about the incident, PM Modi said that he is deeply saddened by the deaths due to stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan.

He said, “My condolences to the families of the victims. God bless the injured. I have spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Manoj Sinha, Udhampur MP Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister Nityanand Rai about the situation.”

The PMO tweeted that the families of each person who lost their lives in the stampede will be given Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

The cave temple is situated at an altitude of 5,200 feet in the Reasi district and usually around one million devotees come here every year to worship Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi.

The temple is managed by the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which provides battery car and ropeway services for pilgrims to reach the top of Trikuta hills for darshan.

First published:January 1, 2022, 8:46 am

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