Patna: 18 killed, several injured in Chhath stampede
Of the 18 dead there were eight children and 12 women.
Patna: At least 18 people, including children and women, mostly devotees, were killed and several others were injured in a stampede during Chhath festival celebrations in Patna Monday evening, police said.
A district administration official said the incident took place when people were returning after offering prayers at sunset at Adalatganj ghat.
"This shocking incident took place after a temporary bridge made of bamboo collapsed due to heavy rush of people, mainly devotees and their family members," a police official said.
All the bodies were brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital for post mortem and the injured were admitted for treatment.
District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh and Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant were camping at the hospital.
Over four lakh people from Patna and nearby areas gathered at different ghats here for Chhath celebration, officials said.
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Patna's citizens blamed the district police for keeping the exits shut for the revellers after the celebrations which led to the stampede.
Five officials of the Government Railway Police were suspended late Monday for not helping a group of 93 school girls who were harassed by some youths on a train they boarded here.
Unknown to many of us, Patna is also a Scottish village in East Ayrshire founded by William Fullarton who was born in the Indian city of Patna during the British rule.