At least 12 killed in stampede at religious shrine in India Kashmir

More than a dozen are injured at Hindu Mata Vaishno Devi shrine

At least 12 pilgrims died and more than a dozen were injured in a stampede at a Hindu shrine in Kashmir on Saturday morning, police said.

Twelve pilgrims died and 14 were injured in a stampede in the early morning today at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, said a senior police officer, adding all of the injured have been hospitalised, he said.

The stampede broke out when a huge crowd of devotees, who had come to mark the beginning of the new year, entered the Vaishno Devi Bhawan shrine, another official said.

“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a condolence message.


The official said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered. – Reuters