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
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.