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In the stampede at Indian temple killed 144 people

September 30 2008
14:31

The death toll in a stampede that took place this morning in the temple city of Jodhpur in western India has risen to 144 people, according to local authorities.

"The death toll is 144 people," - said Minister of Internal Affairs of the State of Rajasthan, SN Thanvi (SN Thanvi). About 150 people are in hospitals, many of them seriously injured. Previously reported 113 victims.

Visit the temple, situated in the medieval fortress on the outskirts of Mehrangarh Fort, attended by more than 25,000 believers. Such a crowd of people due to the approach of the nine Navaratri festival during which Hindus pray to Goddess Durga.

According to preliminary data, the stampede began when someone slipped.

In early August, the crush caused by the collapse of the walls in the temple complex, which sits on a hilltop in the town of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh killed 145 people.

The death of pilgrims in a stampede near a temple - not uncommon in India as well as during the religious holiday rush back hundreds of thousands of people.

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