12 dead, over a dozen injured in stampede at India shrine

The incident happened when a huge crowd of devotees, who had come to pay their obeisance to mark the beginning of the New Year, assembled at the Vaishno Devi Bhawan, according to NDTV.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “personally monitoring and keeping track” of the tragic situation, a minister told NDTV.

Mukesh Singh, the additional director general of police, said that the injured have been taken to a hospital.

The incident occurred outside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine on Trikuta hills. Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha told NDTV that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the stampede.

Officials said that large groups of devotees reportedly entered the Bhawan without permission slips.

The police told NDTV that rescue operations started immediately and all the injured have been taken to hospitals. The condition of some is stated to be “serious”.

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