Stampede kills 36 at world's largest sacred festival in India

Monday, February 11, 2013
At least 36 people have been killed as stampede broke out in the Indian town  that
was holding The Hindu religious festival Maha Kumbh [PHOTO: Special Arrangement]
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Allahabad: India's Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal says a probe has been ordered into what led to a stampede at a train station in northern India that killed at least 36 people.

The stampede occurred as thousands of people flooded the train station in Allahabad in view of religious festival called Kumbh Mela.

Twenty-seven of the dead were women, mostly elderly and poor. An eight-year-old girl was also crushed to death. Indian news channel reported incident caused when people rushed up steps leading to one of the platforms.

However, official gave the contradictory version of what caused to crush. A panic in the crowd reportedly broke out on a foobridge linking rail platforms.

Police have denied allegations they may have contributed to the stampede by seeking to control the crowd with batons.

Notably, the incident came as an estimated 30 million devotees were taking part in the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in which devotees bathe in waters at the confluence of three rivers -- the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati. 
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