11 pilgrims dead and over 50 injured in stampede in Jharkhand, PM expresses condolence


A stampede in  Lord Shiva temple in Doeghar district of Jharkhand killed at least 11 pilgrims and injured over 50 on Monday.

The tragedy happened when hundreds of thousand of these devotees jostled with each other to offer holy water to Lord Shiva. Police said that most of the victims from Uttar Pradesh and Nepal adding that the number of dead may go up.

The devotees, also known as kaanwariyaas, in the month-long Shrawani Mela in August, offer the holy Ganga water to lord Shiva temple mostly on Monday, because it is considered auspicious.

On Monday, more than two lakh devotees were expected to offer puja on Monday. Condolences have begun pouring for this tragedy.

Prime Minister Narendra expressed his condolence on the tragedy. He said he hoped the injured recovered quickly.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das, who asked for additional Rapid Action Force deployment.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar too said that he was saddened to hear about the tragedy.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet read:

The pilgrims carry holy Ganga water from Sultanganj near Bhagalpur in Bihar before covering a distance of almost 1oo kms on feet to offer the water to Lord Shiva at the famous Baba Dham temple.