Nashik Kumbh crowd incident 26/008/2003
Holy man's gift blamed for 39 dead in stampede
A saffron-robed Hindu ascetic who threw silver coins at crowds of pilgrims heading for a holy dip at the climax of the Kumbh Mela religious festival is believed to have triggered a stampede that killed 39 people and injured about 150 yesterday.
Many of the pilgrims crushed to death in a narrow alley in Nasik, 115 miles north-east of Bombay, were women walking towards a ritual bath in the river Godavari on the most auspicious day of the 43-day event, which attracted a record 5 million devotees.
At least 39 killed in Kumbh stampede
At least 39 people, including 26 women, were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede in Nashik Kumbh on Wednesday afternoon.
41 Kumbh pilgrims killed in stampede
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39 killed, over 100 injured in Kumbh stampede
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