Twelve pilgrims are dead and over a dozen others wounded in a storm at Jammu and Kashmir’s Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. Stomped was triggered by a massive onslaught of devotees, officials said today.
The incident took place outside the sanctum sanctorum in the sanctuary on the Trikuta hills.
The disaster happened when a huge crowd of devotees who came to pay their respects to mark the beginning of the new year walked into Vaishno Devi Bhawan, officials said, adding that “large groups of devotees reportedly entered Bhawan without a permit. “
Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who is prime minister in the prime minister’s office, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi “personally monitors and keeps track of the tragic situation that arises as a result of the onslaught at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.”
He further stated that Prime Minister Modi has “conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and issued instructions to provide all possible medical assistance and assistance to the wounded.”
PM Sh arenarendramodi monitors and keeps track of the tragic situation that arises as a result of the storm in Mata #VaishnoDevi shrine. The Prime Minister has conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and issued instructions to provide all possible medical assistance and assistance to the wounded.
– Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) January 1, 2022
Senior officials and representatives from the shrine board are on site.
Senior officials have confirmed that 12 pilgrims have died and at least 14 others have been injured in the storm. “All the injured have been taken to a hospital,” they added.
The condition of many of the injured is said to be “serious”, the official said.