Deoghar stampede leaves 11 dead, many others injured
Deoghar (Jharkhand): At least 11 people were killed and 50 injured in a stampede at a temple in Jharkhand’s Deoghar town early Monday, police said. Over 100,000 people were in a queue, many waiting since Sunday night to get into the famous Baidyanath Temple, when the stampede took place. Deoghar is 300 km from here.
A senior police official said 11 people were killed and 50 people others injured.
During ‘Shravan’ month of the Hindu calendar, more than 30 lakh people offer prayers at the Baidyanath temple. On Mondays, the number goes up substantially and around two lakh people offer prayers. Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Monday expressed grief at the death of 11 persons in a stampede in Deogarh.
The chief minister has issued directions for better treatment of the injured, an official statement said. The CM announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of those who died in the stampede. The injured would be given Rs 50,000, the statement added.
The incident occurred around 4 am while the devotees tried to overtake each other, according to Deogarh district deputy commissioner Amit Kumar.