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100 killed, 50 injured in Sabarimala stampede

Bureau Report
Agence India Press

Kerala: Over 100 Sabarimala pilgrims were killed and 50 others injured in the stampede that occurred Friday night at Pullumedu in Kerala.

On Friday night a jeep went out of control and ploughed into devotees in a narrow forest stretch at Pullumedu in Idukki district, triggering a stampede.

Most of the victims hailed from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Over 70 bodies had been brought to government hospital at Kumali as police and fire force worked over night with local rescuers at the hilly terrain where the tragedy struck.

State government has confirmed 96 deaths so far. One of the official while talking with Agence India Press said, “The toll is likely to rise further with more bodies being recovered from the site so far which is a remote area on the border with Tamil Nadu”

“I have never seen such a huge crowd at Pulmedu in my life. The flow of pilgrims returning was much more than anybody’s expectations,” Jayesh , who hails from the same area, said while talking with Agence India Press.

Kerala Deveswom Minister Kadannapally Ramachandran also said the rush of pilgrims had been much higher than expected.

It many be mentioned here, the two-month long pilgrimage which began in mid-November had passed off by and large incident-free till last night.

Meanwhile,President Pratibha Patil Saturday condoled the death of Sabarimala pilgrims in a stampede at Pullumedu in Kerala’s Idukki district.

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