JAMMU: At least 12 people were killed and 20 others injured in a stampede at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir triggered by a heavy rush of devotees.
The stampede occurred in the early hours of Saturday near gate number 3 outside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine atop Trikuta hills, about 50 km from Jammu.
The stampede was triggered by a heavy rush of devotees who have come to pay their obeisance to mark the beginning of the New Year.
Officials said 12 people died in the stampede and their bodies have been removed to a hospital in the Katra base camp for identification and other legal formalities.
Meanwhile, A high level inquiry has been ordered into today's stampede. The Inquiry Committee will be headed by Principal Secretary (Home) with ADGP, Jammu and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu as members.
Lt Governor Sinha announced an ex gratia relief of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs 2 lakh to each injured, Ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to stampede and Rs 2 lakh to injured. Shrine board to bear the cost of treatment of injured," tweeted Sinha, who is also chairperson of the board.
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