Jammu and Kashmir: 12 killed, over dozen injured in Vaishno Devi stampede

Katra (Jammu and Kashmir): In a tragic incident, 12 devotees were killed in a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhavan in Jammu and Kashmir.

The number of injured is being reported as 13. It is being reported that the incident took place at around 2:45 p.m.

According to the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Dilbag Singh, the devotees pushed each other over the argument over something, after which there was a stampede.

The Yatra (pilgrimage) to the holy Temple has been temporarily stopped after the incident. The stampede took place outside the sanctum sanctorum of a temple located on the Trikuta hills in Reasi district.

Immediately after the report of the stampede, the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a rescue operation.

The injured have been admitted to other hospitals including Mata Vaishno Devi Narayan Superspeciality Hospital. The condition of many injured is being reported to be critical.

After being informed of the incident, PM Modi said that he was extremely saddened by the deaths caused by the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhavan.

“My condolences to the families of the victims. May god heal the injured quickly. I have spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Manoj Sinha, Udhampur MP Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister Nityananda Rai about the situation,” he said.

The PMO tweeted that the families of each person who lost their lives in the stampede will be given Rs 2 lakh from the PMNRF and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

The cave temple is located at an altitude of 5,200 feet in Reasi district and usually around one million devotees visit here every year to pay obeisance to Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi.

The shrine is operated by the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which provides battery car and ropeway services for pilgrims to reach the top of Trikuta hills for darshan.

first published:Jan. 1, 2022, 8:46 a.m.

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