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10 people killed in temple stampede in Madhya Pradesh
Ten pilgrims were dead and over 60 are believed to have suffered injuries in a stampede that took place early on Monday at Kamtanath Pahad Temple on the borders of MP and UP. The pilgrims had come in the early morning for the Hindu religious day of 'Somvati Amavasya' to honour Lord Shiva.

Kamtanath Pahad temple is in Chitrakoot area which falls in the northern Vindhya range of mountains spread over the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The devotees who were killed and injured are mostly women, as mostly women encircle the mountain by lying and rolling on the path for worship on this eve.

According to the reports, a stampede broke out very early this morning, at around 5:30 am. Some of the pilgrims who were walking fell on the ground and this triggered a panic.

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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