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Dozens killed in stampede at religious gathering in northern India

People mourn next to the bodies of their relatives outside the Sikandrarao hospital in Hathras district about 350 kilometers (217 miles) southwest of Lucknow, India, Tuesday, July 2, 2024. The Associated Press

Dozens killed in stampede at religious gathering in northern India

More than 100 people died Tuesday during a Hindu prayer meeting, known as a satsang, that was being held in the Hathras district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier in the day, government official Ashish Kumar told the Associated Press that mortuaries in the district reported having at least 60 bodies, and another 27 people were confirmed dead in the neighboring Etah district, according to district Chief Medical Officer Umesh Kumar Tripathi.

What caused the accident? The stampede occurred as hundreds of attendees tried to leave the meeting hosted by a Hindu leader, according to local media. Overcrowding at the venue likely contributed to the incident, Kumar said. The meeting site is located on the border of the Etah and Hathras districts and is about 124 miles from the Indian capital of New Delhi. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath ordered an investigation into the incident.

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Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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