Srinagar – At least twelve people were killed in a mass panic at a shrine in India on Saturday. At least 14 other people were injured at the Hindu shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra in the Jammu and Kashmir region, authorities said. The trigger was a massive onslaught of believers who wanted to pay homage on the first day of the new year.
Large numbers of supporters entered the complex without a permit, which led to the mass panic, said a local police officer. Access to the narrow space is regulated by these bills. The shrine, dedicated to a mother goddess, is located on a hill. Despite the arduous ascent, it attracts several thousand believers every day.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that he was extremely saddened by the loss of life in the mass panic. He hoped the injured would soon recover. (WHAT/AFP)