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18 die during Chhath Puja stampede in Patna

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 - 00:24:23  | 
Source: AFP  |  Posted by:  I.G. Bhatkali
18 die during Chhath Puja stampede in Patna

Patna: At least 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede on Monday during Chhath in Patna, a senior police officer said.

"Bodies of the 18 people killed in the stampede have been sent to the hospital for autopsies," Jayant Kant, a police superintendent in Patna told AFP.

Kant said the stampede occurred when a makeshift bridge on the Ganges river gave way under the weight of devotees rushing to offer prayers to the setting sun as part of an annual Hindu religious ritual.

"Ten women and eight children are among those killed," the police officer said, adding the toll was likely to go up as several other devotees were reported missing at the site of stampede.

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