Stampede at Vaishno Devi: 12 killed, 20 injured. PM, President express grief

JAMMU & KASHMIR: In a stampede 12 dead and more than 20 reported injured that occurred at Mata Vaishno Devi’s Shrine, Jammu and Kashmir. The stampede was caused by a heavy rush of devotees in the temple who were there to pay their respects and mark the beginning of the new year, officials stated.

The stampede occurred outside the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum, near gate number 3 on Trikuta Hills. After speaking the Home Minister Shri Amit Shah a high-level probe into the stampede has been ordered, said Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha. The Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh, stated that 12 pilgrims died in the stampede and at least 20 others were injured. He continued, “All of the injured have been transferred to a hospital.”

According to Governor, he spoke with Prime Minister and “briefed him on the incident.” He further added that Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the relatives of those who died in the stampede and Rs 2 lakh to those who were injured and that the shrine board would cover the cost of treatment. The Lieutenant Governor also shared the helpline numbers of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his sadness at the “unfortunate stampede that took the lives of pilgrims at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhavan.” “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery to those injured,” tweeted the President.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sympathies on Twitter as well. “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” read the tweet by PM.

The PMO also announced an amount of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The money would go to the families of those who died in the Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan stampede, said the PMO. According to the PM’s Office, the injured will receive Rs 50,000.

PM Narendra Modi is “personally monitoring and keeping track of the unfortunate circumstance emerging out of the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine,” said Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.

All the Senior officials and representatives are at the place of incident.

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