BBC News – Many die in India temple stampede, police say

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At least 63 people have died in a stampede after the gate of a Hindu temple collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say.

Dozens more were injured in the panic at the temple in Pratapgarh district, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Delhi.

All of the dead identified so far are women and children, police say. The temple gate was still being built.

Hundreds of people have been killed in stampedes at crowded Indian temples in recent years.

‘Counted all the bodies’

Thursday’s disaster happened at a popular Ram Janaki temple in the town of Kunda in Pratapgarh district, about 25km (15 miles) north of the city of Allahabad.

The temple is owned by a Hindu holy man, Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj, who police say was marking the anniversary of the death of his wife with a ritual feast.

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EXAMPLE: AZUSA TEMPLE HAS A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT OF ONLY 130 ATTENDEES MAXIMUM. The DHAMMA HALL HAS A CERTAIN OCCUPANCY PERMIT. THIS PERMIT HAS TO BE DISPLAYED AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT BE EXCEEDED.

ALL THE MONKS AND MONKS’ AIDES OR HELPERS, ON THE TEMPLE GROUNDS, ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE COUNT. ALSO, THE TRUSTEES, THE KITCHEN STAFF AND SERVERS, AND THE LADIES RECITING THE PRAYERS ARE INCLUDED.
SO NOT MUCH IS LEFT FOR TOO MANY OTHER LAY PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES.

NEED TO OBSERVE THE LAWS.

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