It is common in a country like India to have tragedies in temples. Hundreds of devotees flock to the temples at Hindu religious places to offer prayers which results in accidents and stampedes. A recent mishap happened in Kanpur where one person was killed while 13 others have been injured on September 24, 2012.
The injured people have been taken to toe hospital where they are undergoing treatment. The eyewitnesses had informed that the crowd had gathered at Hanuman temple of Panki which is about 7 kms from Kanpur to celebrate the Budhwa Mangal Festival.
The devotes in the temple informed that the stampede occurred as there were no appropriate arrangements to manage the crowd. The doors of the temple were open at 3 pm on Tuesday but people started pouring in since Monday night itself.
A devotee said, “The crowd went berserk, as the temple was full of devotees. There was no crowd control arrangement system in place. Thus the stampede occurred”. At one point the crowd become so uncontrollable that the police personnel present at the temple site resorted to mild force to control the situation. Amitabh Yash, the IG of Kanpur told the reporters that the serpentine lines were seen outside the temple since Monday night after which the additional policemen were seen near the site.