102 person killed, 50 hurt in sabarimala temple stampede

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Old 15-Jan-2011
102 person killed, 50 hurt in sabarimala temple stampede

Vandiperiyar January 15:

In a shocking tragedy that struck the famed Sabarimala pilgrimage, 102 devotees were killed and 50 injured in a stampede that took place at Pulmedu in Vandiperiyar, some 300 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Most of the victims who perished in the tragedy were from Tamil Nadu, Andhdra Pradesh and Karnataka, who returning home through the forest route after Makarajyti darshan at the hillshrine of Lord Ayyappa last evening.

State DGP Jacob Punnoose confirmed the tge death toll as 102. " We have recovered all bodies by rescue work conducted overnight despite heavy mist and the remoteness of the hilly terrain", he said. The tragedy occurred when a jeep carrying pilgrims ran into a crowd and fell to the ground, killing some of the people on the spot and paving the way for the stampede, rescurers said.

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