Stampede at a Temple in the Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir-IOJK at Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, on Saturday morning leaves 12 Hindu pilgrims died and more than a dozen were injured, IOJK police said.
All injured have been shifted to a hospital. The stampede broke out due to a huge crowd of devotees and had come to mark the beginning of the New Year, another Police official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted a condolence message that, “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan”.
Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to JK LG Shri @manojsinha_ Ji, Ministers Shri @DrJitendraSingh Ji, @nityanandraibjp Ji and took stock of the situation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2022