Three pilgrims die in stampede in Rajasthan's Khatu Shyam temple
Jaipur, August 8, 2022
Three pilgrims died and four others suffered serious injuries in a stampede which broke out in the Khatu Shyam temple in Sikar district of Rajasthan on Monday morning.
The stampede was reported at 5.00 a.m., when a huge crowd of devotees assembled for 'darshan' on the occasion of Ekadashi.
Devotees had been waiting in a queue since late Sunday night and as soon as the doors of the temple opened in the morning, a stampede broke out.
All the three dead were women devotees. The bodies of the deceased have been kept in the mortuary of Khatushyamji Hospital where post-mortem examination will take place.
The injured have been identified as Shivcharan (50), Manohar (40), Indra Devi (55) of Karnal, Anoji (40) of Alwar. Manohar's condition was critical and he was referred to a hospital in state capital Jaipur.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the deaths of the three devotees.
"The death of three women devotees due to stampede in Khatushyam ji's temple in Sikar is very sad and unfortunate. My deepest sympathies are with the bereaved familiess. May God give them strength to bear this loss and may the departed souls rest in peace. Wishing a speedy recovery to the devotees injured in the stampede," he said.