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PM Modi, CM express grief as 11 die, 50 get injured in stampede at Jharkhand temple

PM Modi, CM express grief as 11 die, 50 get injured in stampede at Jharkhand temple - At least 11 people died and 50 others sustained serious injuries in a stampede near a Durga temple at Belabagan More on Deogarh-Jassidih, about 350 kilometres from Jharkahnd's capital Ranchi.

Civil surgeon Diwakar Kamath said the incident occurred around 5am when the devotees tried to break the queue in order to reach the temple first. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das expressed grief over the deadly stampeded and issued directions for better treatment of the injured, an official statement said. Home secretary NN Pandey, additional director general of police SN Pradhan and other officials rushed to the site of the stampeded to supervise the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the incident. "Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede in Jharkhand. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of the deceased in this hour of grief," the PM tweeted. "I pray that the injured recover quickly. I spoke to CM Raghubar Das ji on the incident," he said.

During Shravan month of the Hindu calendar, over 30 lakh people from different parts of the country offer prayers at the Baidyanath Temple. The number increases significantly on Mondays and around two lakh people offer prayers.

A government official in Jharkhand said that the prime minister was apprised about the incident over phone by the chief minister.

Deadly stampedes are quite common during religious festivals across the country as huge number of people gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.