40 injured in Sabarimala stampede

Photo related to Sabarimala stampede.

Sabarimala (Kerala): At least 40 pilgrims were injured today during a stampede at the Sabarimala temple after a barricade gave way in the huge rush.

State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that the situation has been brought under control.

He told media persons, “All the medical attention is being given to the injured and the situation is fully under control.”

According to the temple authorities, with Monday being a key day in the two-month-long Sabarimala festival, there was an unprecedented rush of devotees on Sunday and the incident occurred when the sanctum santorum of the temple was opened late Sunday evening.

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To control the crowd, police had set up barricades but on account of the huge rush, the barricade broke and caused a stampede, in which the pilgrims got injured.

The temple authorities swung into action and the injured were moved to the local hospital while the three who suffered serious injuries have been moved to the Kottayam Medical College hospital.

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