12 Killed: Locals Protest Against Updates: Officials said on Saturday that a stampede triggered by a big gathering of pilgrims on New Year’s Day at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured many more. There was a stampede shortly after midnight. Senior officials and shrine board representatives have arrived on the spot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his sympathies for the killings on Twitter, stating he had spoken with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Ministers Jitendra Singh and Nityanandra Rai, and assessed the situation. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Wishing for a quick recovery for all who have been injured.
Took stock of the situation with JK LG Shri @manojsinha_ Ji, Ministers Shri @DrJitendraSingh Ji, @nityanandraibjp Ji,” he said. The Prime Minister stated that the relatives of those who died in the event will receive Rs 2 lakh in ex-gratia, while those who were injured would receive Rs 50,000. A significant influx of devotees who had come to pay their respects to commemorate the start of the New Year, according to officials, triggered the stampede. Officials from the shrine board and senior officials have arrived on the spot.
Their autopsy will be performed. Dr. Gopal Dutt, Block Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, had previously told ANI that the injured were being transferred to Naraina hospital, but the actual number of injured was not confirmed. According to hospital and police officials, at least 20 people were injured in the stampede and taken to hospitals, including Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, where several of the injured were believed to be in severe condition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Minister Jitendra Singh to review the situation. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the injured in a tweet. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his sadness at learning of the incident and sent condolences to the victims’ families. The tragic accident, according to Home Minister Amit Shah, has caused him great pain.
The tragedy, according to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, was “heart-breaking.” The circumstances surrounding the stampede remain unknown. According to the news agency PTI, a pilgrim named Aditya Sharma said there was a massive influx of worshippers, and several people sleeping on the floor were crushed.
The approach to the hillside temple was packed with believers, far more than could be handled without breaching the Covid-19 pandemic’s social separation guidelines, according to local businesses. Video footage of the corridor leading to the sanctum sanctorum, the pilgrims’ last goal after a 12-kilometer trip from the yatra’s beginning site, Ban Ganga, shows dense crowds in the blocked space.
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