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July 12, 2024

Indians mourn relatives lost in religious gathering stampede

Survivors of India's deadliest stampede in over a decade on July 3 are mourning their dead relatives who were crushed at a vastly overcrowded Hindu religious gathering that left 121 people dead.

Some 250,000 people had turned up for the gathering against the permission for 80,000. Moreover, the event was held in a tent in a muddy field, media houses reported. 

The police’s first information report (FIR) described the chaos when the preacher at the congregation – Surajpal, also known as “Bhole Baba” – was leaving in his car.

Officials are still investigating what triggered the deadly crush, but initial findings suggested massive overcrowding, insufficient exits, bad weather, and poor planning as contributing factors.

(Photos: AFP)

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