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12 lifeless, 20 injured in stampede at Vaishno Devi shrine in J&Ok


The stampede took place within the early hours of Saturday close to gate quantity 3 out of doors the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine atop Trikuta hills

Jammu: No less than 12 other people have been killed and 20 others injured in a stampede on the well-known Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir brought on by means of a heavy rush of devotees, officers mentioned on Saturday.

The stampede took place within the early hours of Saturday close to gate quantity 3 out of doors the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine atop Trikuta hills, about 50 km from Jammu.

 

The stampede used to be brought on by means of a heavy rush of devotees who’ve come to pay their obeisance to mark the start of the New 12 months, the officers mentioned.

Devotees typically trek to the hilltop shrine from the Katra base camp, a distance of just about 13 km, whilst some succeed in there by means of helicopter.

Top Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the bereaved households and mentioned he had spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Nityanand Rai to take inventory of the location.

“Extraordinarily saddened by means of the lack of lives because of a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved households. Would possibly the injured recuperate quickly. Spoke to JK LG Shri @manojsinha Ji, Ministers Shri @DrJitendraSingh Ji, @nityanandraibjp Ji and took inventory of the location,” Modi tweeted.

 

In a tweet, the Top Minister’s Workplace (PMO) mentioned, “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each and every from PMNRF can be given to the following of relatives of those that misplaced their lives because of the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. The injured can be given Rs 50,000: PM @narendramodi.”

LG Sinha has ordered a probe into the stampede.

In a chain of tweet, the workplace of the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor mentioned, “Deeply pained on the lack of lives because of stampede at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. My condolences to the households of the deceased & prayers with the injured.”

“Spoke to Hon’ble House Minister Shri Amit Shah Ji. Briefed him concerning the incident. A prime degree inquiry has been ordered into as of late’s stampede. The Inquiry Committee shall be headed by means of Major Secretary (House) with ADGP, Jammu and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu as participants,” he mentioned.

 

“Spoke to Hon’ble Top Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. Briefed him concerning the incident. Hon’ble Top Minister has confident all of the lend a hand. Ex-gratia of Rs.10 lakh each and every can be given to the following of relatives of those that misplaced their lives because of stampede and Rs.2 lakh to injured. Shrine board to endure the price of remedy of injured,” he added.

Senior officers and shrine board representatives are at the spot.

Officers mentioned 12 other people died within the stampede and their our bodies had been got rid of to a clinic within the Katra base camp for id and different criminal formalities.

Twenty extra other people have been injured and majority of them are present process remedy at Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Medical institution, the officers mentioned, including that the situation of 4 of the injured used to be mentioned to be “important”.

 

The officers mentioned the shrine used to be open and devotees have been paying obeisance until final studies got here in. 

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