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Scuffle between 2 teams led to stampede, most effective 35K pilgrims have been allowed because of Covid: Shrine board

By means of PTI

JAMMU: The Saturday stampede that killed 12 other folks happened “because of a scuffle between two teams of pilgrims”, the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board stated in a observation, emphasising most effective 35,000 pilgrims have been allowed to continue for the yatra in opposition to the standard capability of fifty,000 in view of the pandemic.

The board stated Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, who may be the Chairman of the Board, was once knowledgeable concerning the stampede at 3 am and he has been incessantly tracking the location since then.

“Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal has capped the standard capability of Yatra consistent with day to 50000.

Pertinently, conserving in view the COVID-19 Pandemic, 35000 pilgrims have been allowed to continue for yatra on thirty first December 2021 and for 1st Jan 2022,” SMVDSB stated in an in depth observation at the tragic incident.

It stated round 2:15 am on January 1, the stampede came about close to Gate No. 3 at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan.

“”The unlucky incident, because of a scuffle between two teams of pilgrims, resulted within the stampede. On this ill-fated incident, a complete of 12 pilgrims misplaced their lives and 16 others have been injured,” it stated.

The observation stated the Board, in addition to the Reasi District Management, promptly shifted the injured pilgrims in an instant to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Health facility, Kakryal, after offering first help at Clinical Unit Bhawan, for specialised remedy.