At least 27 dead in stampede during religious gathering in northern India

In a tragic incident, a stampede occurred during a religious event in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, resulting in at least 60 deaths and numerous injuries. The stampede took place on Tuesday, with the possibility of the death toll rising further. The event was being attended by thousands of people who had gathered to celebrate the Hindu deity Shiva.

The stampede happened as attendees rushed to leave following the event with a religious leader named Bhole Baba. Overcrowding may have been a significant factor, as initial reports suggest that over 15,000 people had gathered, despite the event only having permission for about 5,000.

More than 150 injured people were admitted to hospitals after the incident. One survivor, Jyoti, described the stampede as happening quickly as soon as the event ended, with people falling on each other due to the lack of a way out.

State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an investigation into the incident. Deadly accidents are common at places of worship in India during major religious festivals, with previous incidents including the 2016 explosion at a temple in Kerala that killed 112 people, the 2013 stampede at a bridge near a temple in Madhya Pradesh that claimed 115 lives, and the 2008 stampede at a hilltop temple in Jodhpur that resulted in 224 deaths.

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