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Scuffle between 2 groups caused Vaishno Devi stampede, 35K pilgrims were allowed due to Covid: Shrine board

NGT has capped the normal capacity of Yatra per day to 50000. Pertinently, keeping in view the COVID-19 Pandemic, 35000 pilgrims were allowed to proceed for yatra on 31st December 2021 and for 1st Jan. 2022.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Jammu Updated on: January 01, 2022 23:39 IST
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A scuffle between 2 groups caused stampede: Shrine board

Highlights

  • Three-member panel has been set up to probe the stampede
  • Report will be submitted within a week
  • Twelve people lost their lives and 16 others were injured in the incident

The Saturday stampede that killed 12 people occurred “due to a scuffle between two groups of pilgrims”, the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said in a statement, emphasising only 35,000 pilgrims were allowed to proceed for the yatra against the normal capacity of 50,000 in view of the pandemic. The board said Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also the Chairman of the Board, was informed about the stampede at 3 am and he has been continuously monitoring the situation since then.

“National Green Tribunal has capped the normal capacity of Yatra per day to 50000. Pertinently, keeping in view the COVID-19 Pandemic, 35000 pilgrims were allowed to proceed for yatra on 31st December 2021 and for 1st Jan. 2022,” SMVDSB said in a detailed statement on the tragic incident.

It said around 2:15 am on January 1, the stampede happened near Gate No three at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. “The unfortunate incident, due to a scuffle between two groups of pilgrims, resulted in the stampede. In this ill-fated incident, a total of 12 pilgrims lost their lives and 16 others were injured," it said.

The statement said the Board, as well as the Reasi District Administration, promptly shifted the injured pilgrims immediately to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal, after providing first aid at Medical Unit Bhawan, for specialized treatment. 

The three-member panel has been set up to probe the stampede and submit report within a week. The committee headed by the principal secretary (home) was constituted by the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. 

Also Read | Three-member panel on Vaishno devi stampede to submit report within a week

Also Read | Here's a list of major stampedes at temples, other religious gatherings in India

 

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