Kerala: Stampede at Sabarimala Temple, 40 injured

The stampede happened when the iron railings collapsed under the weight of the crowd.

Kerala: Stampede at Sabarimala Temple, 40 injured

As many as 40 pilgrims were injured, 3 of them seriously in a minor stampede at  Malikappuram at Sabarimala Sannidhanam on the eve of the annual Mandalam festival on Sunday.

According to The Hindu, the stampede occurred immediately after the deeparadhana at the hill shrine around 6:40 pm when an iron railing collapsed as a huge crowd of devotees on the northern side of the Lower Tirumuttom near Malikappuram, that had been waiting for about seven hours to enter the Ayyappa Temple premises (Tirumuttom) through the Northern Gate, surged forward.


The report further quoted an eye witness's account saying that the hundreds of pilgrims had been waiting on the northern side of the Lower Tirumuttom since 12 noon. Meanwhile, the police had blocked the access by stretching a rope between the iron railings of the barricade.

The stampede happened when the iron railings collapsed under the weight of the crowd.

Police, Rapid Action Force, the National Disaster Response Force and volunteers of the Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangom (ABASS) were amongst those who rushed to help in the stampede.

Media agencies further informed that the injured were moved to the Sannidhanam local hospital while the three who suffered serious injuries had been moved to the Kottayam Medical College hospital.

State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that the situation has been brought under control. "All the medical attention is being given to the injured and the situation is fully under control," Surendran told reporters at the temple.



It is to be noted that this was the second stampede mishap at Sabarimala on the eve of the Mandalam festival.

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