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At least 36 dead in India stampede

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 11 February 2013
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February 11, 2013

India's Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal says a probe has been ordered into what led to a stampede at a train station in northern India that killed at least 36 people.

The stampede occurred on February 10 as thousands of people flooded the train station in Allahabad, where millions of people had gathered for a Hindu religious festival.

A panic in the crowd reportedly broke out on a foobridge linking rail platforms.

Police have denied allegations they may have contributed to the stampede by seeking to control the crowd with batons.

The incident came as an estimated 30 million devotees were taking part in the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in which devotees bathe in waters at the confluence of three rivers – the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati.

Based on reports from AFP and dpa

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