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Associated Press

Indian Stampede Kills More Than 160

September 30, 2008 10:40 AM
by Emily Coakley
Hundreds have been killed or injured during a stampede at a religious festival in Western India on Tuesday.
The stampede occurred at the beginning of the Hindu festival Navaratri, Agence France-Presse reported. It happened when as many as 25,000 people approached the Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur.

Reports on the cause vary. AFP cites the collapse of a wall as inciting the panic, while the Associated Press reports that rumors of a bomb caused the stampede.

At a local hospital, one of the injured, Ajay, told AFP: “We were standing in line to get inside the temple when suddenly there was a commotion. I was pushed onto the ground. Before I could get up people were running over me, stamping over me. I woke up here.”

Stampedes are all too common in India, and Tuesday’s is the fourth this year, according to AFP. Another stampede on Aug. 30 killed more than 145 people.

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