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India: Stampede kills at least 24 at religious gathering in Varanasi

Indian Prime Minister said he was 'deeply saddened over the loss of lives' in his parliamentary constituency. He assured help to all those affected.? Photograph: (Getty)

Agencies Varanasi Oct 15, 2016, 11.12 AM (IST)

A stampede in the Indian temple town of Varanasi killed at least 24 people on Saturday, who had gathered at a religious gathering, Indian news agency ANI reported. 

 

According to international news agency AFP, the stampede broke out when hundreds of devotees of Indian guru Jai Gurudev gathered in Varanasi, a holy town in northern Uttar Pradesh state. 

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Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister said he was 'deeply saddened over the loss of lives' in his parliamentary constituency. He assured help to all those affected.  He also announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured.

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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also extended an ex gratia of Rs five lakh each to next of kin of those killed and free treatment to the injured, who have been admitted to different hospitals in Varanasi and Chandauli. Yadav also announced free treatment to the injured, who have been admitted to different hospitals in Varanasi and Chandauli district. 

A magisterial inquiry has also been ordered by the chief minister into the incident. 

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
 

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