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Pagan ritual leaves 14 dead

19 November 2012

Chhath stampede in India's Bihar leaves 14 dead

Tens of thousands of pilgrims gather on
the banks of the Ganges to pray to the
setting sun 

At least 14 people have been killed and many injured in a crush at a religious ceremony in Bihar, northern India.

Many of the dead are feared to be women and children.

Police say the accident happened following the collapse of a makeshift bamboo bridge on the banks of river Ganges where Hindu devotees were offering prayers to the setting sun as part of the annual Chhath ritual.

In the ensuing panic, the victims were crushed to death. (...)

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