3 killed in stampede in Bihar's Begusarai

Kartik Purnima is being celebrated

Altogether, six policemen were suspended on Sunday in the Purnima stampede case at Simaria in which three elderly women were crushed to death during the "kumbh snan" in the Ganga on the ocassion of Kartik Purnima on Saturday. No official confirmation on the number of casualties has been made as of yet, however, the number of deceased is expected to rise.

All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were given medical treatment.

The identity of the deceased was yet to be ascertained. After the stamped Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar expressed griefs over the incident.

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On the eve of Kartik Purnima, thousands of devotees gathered at the Simaran Ghat in Bihar's Begusarai district to take the holy dip in Ganga river. Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each to kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those critically injured.

Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed that three out of four people killed were women and said efforts are on to identify the bodies.

Asked if he was ruling out a possibility of stampede, Mr. Singhal said, "We will reach a final conclusion only after the post-mortem reports arrive". If any negligence on part of the police is found, accountability will be fixed.

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