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Allahabad: 35 Kumbh pilgrims killed in Allahabad railway station stampede

 

 

Several eyewitnesses said there was a lathicharge by the police that compounded the panic but Divisional Railway Manager Harinder Rao claimed passengers were not baton charged and that police only attempted to regulate the movement of the crowd at the platforms by asking passengers to stand in line.

Eyewitnesses said the stampede at Platform No 6 was triggered near a foot overbridge when hundreds of passengers rushed to board a train whose arrival was being announced in a public address system. Platform No 6 was later sealed by authorities. The bodies of some of the victims shrouded in white cloth were kept at the platform for several hours.

At least 35 persons were killed and scores of others injured on Sunday night in a stampede at Allahabad railway station teeming with thousands of pilgrims returning after a holy dip at the 'Maha Kumbh' here. A senior police officer  said 35 people died in the stampede that occurred at 7:15 PM when Platforms No 5 and 6 were packed with thousands of passengers.