Vaishno Devi Shrine Stampede Leaves 12 Dead, Many Injured

Over a dozen pilgrims have died and many injured in a stampede at Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir at around 3 am on Saturday.

According to reports, thirteen people have sustained serious injuries and are undergoing treatment at the Narayana Super Speciality Hospital. They are reported to be in a critical condition.

The stampede took place after the police resorted to a mild lathicharge to control a huge rush of people at the Bhawan area.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has ordered a high-level inquiry, headed by the Principal Secretary Home and including ADGP Jammu, into the incident.

The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased.

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