4 killed in West Bengal stampede

Wednesday 28th August 2019 06:07 EDT

At least four people were killed and several others were injured in the stampede-like situation during Janmashtami celebrations near Kachua Loknath temple in West Bengal. CM Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 5,00,000 to family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to people with minor injuries. "There was a large crowd at Kachua Loknath temple this year. It started raining heavily in the wee hours and people tried to take shelter at makeshift bamboo stalls on the approach road to the temple. The bamboo structures collapsed after heavy rain,” the chief minister said. Millions of people gather at Kochua Loknath temple every year on this day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lokenath Brahmachari.

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