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Dozens Dead From Stampede At Religious Gathering: REPORT

At least 60 people were killed when a crowd erupted at a religious gathering in northern India, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, citing Indian authorities.

Umesh Tripathi, a medical professional, Said He said more than 150 people had been taken to hospital with injuries and that the total death toll from the crowd was likely to rise. (Related: At least 27 killed in massive fire at Indian amusement park)

The Associated Press, citing local media reports, said the stampede occurred as devotees rushed to leave an event hosted by local religious leader Bole Baba. Local police officer Rajesh Singh said overcrowding may have been the cause, the news agency quoted. More than 15,000 people attended the event, which was allowed for about 5,000, according to the initial report cited by the AP.

“People started falling one by one. Those who were crushed died. People who were there pulled them out,” Shakuntala Devi, an eyewitness to the tragedy, told the Indian News Agency, according to the Associated Press.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted in Hindi that the incident in his state was “deeply sad and heartbreaking” and offered his “condolences” to “the bereaved families”. He added that he “grant peace to the souls of the departed and prayed for a speedy recovery for the injured”.

“UP [Uttar Pradesh] “The Government is working to provide all possible assistance to all the victims. My condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this accident. I also pray for a speedy recovery to all those injured,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Hindi.

Deadly crowd stampedes at religious gatherings are unfortunately not uncommon in India, as large numbers of people congregate in areas earmarked for much smaller numbers, according to the Associated Press. In 2013, a crowd stampede killed 115 pilgrims, including about 30 children, at the famed Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh, The Times of India reported. report at that time.

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