Stampede in temple in Deogarh in Jharkhand leaves 11 dead, 24 injured

A stampede at a temple during a Hindu religious festival has left at least 11 dead in Deogarh town in Jharkhand on Monday, police said. The incident took place at 5 a.m.

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Stampede in temple in Deogarh in Jharkhand leaves 11 dead, 24 injured

A stampede at a Durga temple in Deogarh town in Jharkhand has left at least 11 dead and 24 injured early on Monday, police said

Stampede in temple in Deogarh in Jharkhand leaves 11 dead 24 injured

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Police officer Subodh Kumar said that thousands of people tried to force their way into the temple when its gates were opened early on Monday in Deogarh.

"Ten men and a woman died as the devotees tried to overtake each other around 4 am," Deputy Commissioner of police, Deogarh Amit Kumar told PTI.

According to police, more than 100,000 people were in a queue, many waiting since Sunday night to get into the famous Baidyanath Temple, when the stampede occurred.

According to an NDTV report, last week, about a lakh people had converged at the temple. The district administration is said to have called a review meeting of the arrangements made on Sunday.

All the injured have been admitted to Sadar hospital in Deoghar for treatment,

The temple town where the stampede took place is nearly 255 km south of Patna.

With inputs from agencies

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