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India: Hopefully no religious leaders were among the dead…

January 19, 2014

A STAMPEDE killed at least 18 people in India’s financial hub Mumbai on Saturday when a large crowd gathered to pay their last respects to a Muslim spiritual leader, police said.

More than 40 people were injured in the chaos that erupted shortly after midnight local time (1830 GMT) when the gates were shut to the residence of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died aged 102 Friday.

“Organisers had closed the gates. The crowd was so huge that people started suffocating, some fainted and then people began running and falling on each other in a panic,” Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh told reporters.

In reply to a question, Singh confirmed that 18 people died and admitted there was a lapse in crowd control as police and organisers had failed to anticipate the huge turnout of devotees.

News.com.au

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