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Stampede at Vaishno Devi ends 12 lives on 1st day of 2022

At least 12 people were killed and 13 others injured in a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi in and Kashmir’s Katra early today. A heavy rush of devotees on the first day of the new year led to the stampede. The yatra (pilgrimage) to the holy has been suspended after the incident.

and Kashmir Police has launched a rescue operation soon after the stampede was reported. The injured have been admitted to many hospitals, including Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, and the condition of many of the injured was stated to be “serious”.

“Twelve dead, 13 injured in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Katra. The incident occurred around 2:45 am, and as per initial reports, an argument broke out which resulted in people pushing each other, followed by stampede,” and Kashmir Police chief Dilbagh Singh said.

The stampede occurred outside the sanctum sanctorum of the atop Trikuta hills in District Reasi, Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister expressed grief at the incident and announced an ex-gratia for the families of those who have died. Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha’s office announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the stampede.

The injured have been admitted to various hospitals, including Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, and the condition of many of the injured was stated to be “serious”.

The cave is situated at an altitude of 5,200 ft in Reasi district and generally attracts close to a million devotees every year.

The operations of the pilgrimage site are managed by Vaishno Devi Board, which provides battery car and ropeway services to the pilgrims to reach the top of Trikuta hills for darshan.

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