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At least 19 killed, 22 others injured in stampede at Rajghat Bridge near Varanasi

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At least 19 were killed and many were injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Saturday.

The stampede took place near the historic Rajghat bridge on the river Ganga where hundreds had gathered for a tribute organised for spiritual leader Jai Gurudev.

Thousands were crammed in very narrow roads, far more than what was permitted, according to officials.

Rumours about the bridge collapsing fueled chaos, speculated policemen.

Images showed rescuers among the dead and injured, besides shoes, clothes and belongings scattered around. Several ambulances are at the spot.


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