At least 19 people were killed in a major stampede in the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today.
Authorities say the number of casualties could increase.
The stampede took place at the Rajghat bridge over Ganga during a religious event organized by a socio-religious outfit Baba Jai Gurudev.
Scores of people had gathered for the event when the stampede took place, leaving many trampled to death.
Poor crowd management is stated to be the reason behind the incident.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a compensation of Rs 200,000 to the each victim families and also announced to provide free treatment to all those injured in the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock over the incident.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured,” Modi tweeted.
Image Caption: A scene at Varanasi
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