Almost 20 die in Hindu festival stampede

2012-11-19 16:55
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun during The Chhat Festival. (AP)

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun during The Chhat Festival. (AP)

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Patna - At least 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede on Monday during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian city of Patna, a senior police officer said.

"Bodies of the 18 people killed in the stampede have been sent to the hospital for autopsies," Jayant Kant, a police superintendent in Patna said.

Kant said the stampede occurred when a makeshift bridge on the Ganges river gave way under the weight of Hindu devotees rushing to offer prayers to the setting sun as part of an annual Hindu religious ritual.

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