Jamu & Kasmir|Twelve people have lost their lives and 24 injured in a stampede on New Year’s Day in the premises of Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir. The accident happened outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple situated on the Trikuta hills.
The accident happened at 2:45 am. According to initial reports, a dispute led to people pushing each other and this led to a stampede.

PM Modi expressed grief:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over this accident. He tweeted and said, “Extremely saddened by the death of people in the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families, may those injured in the accident get well soon. I spoke to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and inquired about the current situation.

EW Correspondent