60 killed in stampede in ashram (Third Lead)

Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) At least 60 people were killed and 25 injured in a stampede in an Uttar Pradesh ashram, police here said Thursday.

Sixty bodies had been recovered and more could have been killed in the tragedy in Mangarh area of Pratapgarh district’s Kunda town, about 180 km from here, said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal.

Some of the injured were reported to be in critical condition.

The incident took place when a free lunch, or a bhandara, hosted by Kripaluji Maharaj was taking place, a government official added.

The official said the stampede broke out when a temporary tin shed caved in and a gate leading to the ashram collapsed.

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