West Bengal: 4 dead and 27 injured in stampede at famous Hindu temple

Four persons were killed and 27 others sustained injuries in a stampede at a temple in Deganga area of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal on Friday morning, police said.

The incident occurred at the Loknath Baba temple at Kachua where a large number of people had gathered for Janmashtami celebrations.

The West Bengal police said that the deaths and injuries caused at the Kachua Baba Loknath temple were because of pilgrims slipping and falling on slush caused by heavy rains near the temple premises and the situation was under control now. “There was a heavy pressure of pilgrims at the temple and the stampede followed a wall collapse. Thirteen among the injured have been admitted in Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH),” the police said.

“Last night at around 2.15 am, some pilgrims visiting Baba Loknath Temple slipped and fell due to slush caused by heavy rains and wind. Sixteen persons were injured. Police rescued them and took them to the Health Camp, Kachua and then to a PHC. The situation was immediately brought under control,” the police informed.

“Ten critically injured persons have been brought to Kolkata for better treatment. Two persons have succumbed to injuries and another three are in a very critical condition. Five injured persons are in a hospital under Basirhat police station,” the police added.

The West Bengal Chief Minister visited Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital and has passed necessary instructions for better treatment of the injured persons.

She announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for those seriously injured.