2008 Jodhpur stampede

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Chamunda Devi stampede
Date 30 September 2008
Time 05:30 IST[1]
Location Jodhpur, Rajasthan
 India
Casualties
249 dead
400+ injured
Human stampede, many suffered from asphyxiation[2]

A human stampede occurred on September 30, 2008, at the Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, in which 249 people were killed[3][4][5] and more than 400 injured.[6] The 15th-century temple is dedicated to the goddess Chamunda Devi[7] and is located within the premises of Mehrangarh Fort.[8]

About 25,000 Hindu pilgrims were visiting the temple to mark the first day of the nine-day-long Navratri, a major festival in Hinduism dedicated to Goddess worship and celebrated across the world.[6]

Cause[edit]

Chamunda Devi Temple, the location of the stampede

The devotees scrambled towards the door the moment it opened, resulting in the destruction of the barricades. Many people were injured when they lost their footing on the slope approaching the temple.[1]

According to The Times of India, local reports suggest that a bomb blast in nearby Mehrangarh created panic among the pilgrims resulting in the stampede.[9] However, the BBC News reported that a collapsing wall may have also caused the stampede.[10] Some eyewitnesses told CNN-IBN that a rumor about a bomb being planted in the temple caused panic among pilgrims.[11]

Others said there was a scramble in the men's queue; some devotees slipped and soon there was a massive resultant stampede where a day of celebration turned into one of mourning.[12]

An eyewitness also said that the path leading to the temple was very narrow with no emergency exit routes.[2]

Aftermath[edit]

Indian Army doctors were called to assist the local authorities in the relief operation.[13] Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajnath Singh assured speedy relief to the victims of the tragedy.[14]

Local authorities revealed that most of the dead were men as the queue for women was separate.[15]

Reactions[edit]

Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri and Governor B L Joshi both expressed grief over the death of the pilgrims at the Chamunda Devi temple.

A Raj Bhavan statement issued a condolence message saying Joshi conveyed his deepest sorrow to the bereaved families of the dead and said he would pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident.

Khanduri followed too in expressing grief over the accident. He also directed District Magistrates of all the 13 districts of his state to make special arrangements at religious places as they are expected to attract large crowds during the Navratra period.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dey, Anindo; Parmar, Ajay (30 September 2008). "179 dead in temple stampede in Jodhpur". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b Crawford, Alex (September 30, 2008). "Dozens Crushed In Deadly Stampede". Sky News. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ ap.google.com, Death toll rises to 249 in Indian temple stampede[dead link]
  4. ^ India stampede death toll rises, BBC News (October 2, 2008)
  5. ^ Death toll in Jodhpur temple stampede rises to 224, Hindustan Times (October 3, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "At least 113 dead in India temple crush: official". AFP via Google News. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Shrieks punctuate sombre atmosphere in Chamunda temple". NDTV. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Indian temple stampede death toll climbs". AFP via Canberra Times. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  9. ^ Dey, Anindo; Parmar, Ajay (30 September 2008). "179 dead in temple stampede in Jodhpur". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Scores die in India temple crush". BBC. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Death toll rises in temple stampede, 147 dead". CNN-IBN. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  12. ^ a b "Uttarakhand CM, Governor express grief over stampede". Chennai, India: The Hindu. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  13. ^ "89 dead in India temple stampede: official". AFP via Google News. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  14. ^ "BJP's Rajnath Singh assures speedy relief to victims". Times of India. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  15. ^ Blakely, Rhys (September 30, 2008). "India temple stampede kills 177". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 

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