Stampede at Indian Festival Leaves 37 Dead

Allahabad, India – a stampede erupted at a local train station where ten thousand travelers were awaiting a train ride to the Sangam this past Sunday resulting in 37 deaths, reports USA Today.

The Sangam is where point where the Ganges, Yamun, and Saraswati rivers connect.

The location is considered sacred by Hindus and bathing in the river is a form of ritual cleansing during the 55-day Kumbh Mela festival.

As many as 30 million people participated in the cleansing this past Sunday because Hindus view that day as the most sacred during the festival.

What sparked the tragedy that claimed the lives of 37 people and injured 30 others was the announcement of an incoming train.

Witnesses reported that as they moved to the train platform, police attacked the crowd with batons which sparked the stampede. Police are denying the use of batons and blame the incident on overcrowding.

Source:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/10/10-dead-stampede-india/1908079/