Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the stampede and Rs. 50,000 to seriously injured and Rs. 10,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
India has a long history of deadly stampedes at religious festivals. Last year only, a stampede broke out on a bridge near the Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, where 115 people were killed and 110 were injured. This incident occurred during the Navratri festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga.
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