12 killed in stampede during religious gathering near Ratlam

United News of India

Ratlam, January 14, 2012

At least 12 people were killed and over a dozen others injured in a stampede during a Muslim religious gathering in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district last night, police said.

The incident occurred when a number of people tried to enter the gate at Hussain Tekri - which attracts a large number of Hindu devotees as well - in Jaora town on the occasion of Chehallum.
Eight people died on the spot, while four succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment in hospital.
Ten of the deceased were identified as Rajasthan's Tonk-resident Nand Kishor (30), Kota-resident Ramkanya (40) and Ajmer-resident Hazra Bi (60), Gujarat's Dahod-resident Mahesh Bheel and Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal-resident Biharilal (21), Guna-residents Narendra (20) and Mirabai (45), Ratlam-residents Kavita Gautam (21) and Bithubai and Gwalior-resident Rajaram Soni. Two other deceased were yet to be identified.
Collector Rajendra Sharma has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.  State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta, District Incharge Minister Sartaj Singh and Director General of Police S K Raut reached the spot and met the injured at the hospital.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the deceased's kin, while the district administration provided an immediate financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each.