Stampede kills five at sect headquarters in India
Posted : Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:35:23 GMT
By : dpa
New Delhi - At least five women devotees were killed and several
injured in a stampede at the headquarters of a religious sect in
India's northern state of Haryana on Friday, news reports said.
The stampede occurred at a function to mark the foundation day of the
Dera Saccha Sauda (True Deal Sect) at its headquarters in the Sirsa
district, 300 kilometres south-west of state capital Chandigarh, PTI
news agency reported.
District police officer Yudhvir Singh told PTI that preliminary
reports indicated the stampede was triggered by rumours about the
presence of a snake.
The victims were all aged between 56 and 60, the report said. Singh
said many others were hospitalized, without giving a figure.
Police said since Thursday night over 100,000 sect devotees had
gathered at the headquarters for the function.
The Dera Saccha Sauda sect draws most of its followers from the Dalit,
or low-caste, Sikhs. There are several such sects across Haryana and
neighbouring Punjab state with many Dalit Sikh followers.
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