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80 killed in temple stampede near Jodhpur

Posted by Yogesh on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008

Chamunda Devi temple stampede

Bystanders help stampede victims at Chamunda Devi temple. (TimesNow)

JODHPUR: At least 80 people have been killed and more than 100 people injured in a major stampede in the Chamunda Devi temple at the start of Navaratra festival on Tuesday, according to police officials.
According to TV reports, rumours of a bomb in Mehrangarh near Jodhpur area led to the stampede.

More than 30 bodies were brought to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital and at least 10 to Mathura Das Hospital here, Divisional Commissioner Kiran Soni Gupta said.

The devotees in huge number, especially women, had gathered at the temple from early Tuesday morning in view of the Navratra festival starting from Tuesday.

The toll is feared to go up. Source Times of India


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