Six killed, 20 injured in stampede in E. India
BHUBANESHWAR, India - At least six people were killed and 20 injured Friday in a stampede at a popular Hindu religious festival in eastern India, officials said.
Indian people try to touch the rope of a chariot of Lord Jagannath uring the Ratha-Yatra in Kolkata. At least six people were killed and 20 injured in a stampede at a popular Hindu religious festival in eastern India, officials said. [Agencies]
The accident occurred in Orissa state's Puri district, 65 kilomteres (40 miles) from state capital Bhubaneshwar, during the annual Jagannath Chariot Procession, Pramod Mohanty, a senior medical officer, told AFP.
"The dead include three men and three women," Mohanty said.
Four of the 20 injured were in a critical state, he added.
Authorities estimate that about one million people were in Puri on Friday, the opening day of the nine-day-long festival during which the devout worship Hindu deities.
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a probe into the incident.
Asit Panigrahi, Puri's superintendent of police, said security arrangements at the festival had been revamped with additional reinforcements sent in for better crowd management.