18 feared dead in stampede during Chhat Puja in 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 on Monday evening, police said. A district administration official said the incident took place when people were returning after offering prayers around 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.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the next of kin of each of those killed, a district official said. Hundreds of angry people, mostly relatives of the victims, protested against the government and shouted slogans against the chief minister and local administration at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), where all the bodies were brought for post mortem and the injured were admitted for treatment.


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