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The day after the scramble at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, pilgrims crowd into the temple amid the tighter rules of darshan

A stampede took place, allegedly following an argument between worshipers, around 2:15 a.m. near gate number 3 in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan on Saturday, which left 12 people dead and several injured.

Pilgrims throng to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine amid stricter guidelines from authorities. ANI

Katra (Jammu and Kashmir): A day after 12 people were killed in a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, pilgrims crowded into the temple for “darshan” following “stricter” guidelines from authorities.

Concerns have been expressed about the unfortunate accident that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Talk to ANI, a pilgrim, Gaurav Ahuja, from New Delhi, said authorities had been more stringent for two days and urged worshipers to stay in line and wait their turn to enter the shrine.

“They’ve been pretty strict the last two days. Before, they weren’t that strict. The public feel a lot better now,” he said.

“I came with my family for darshan. We learned just one day before coming that there was a stampede. So I urge the devotees to stay in line without pushing others so that such circumstances do not recur, ”added the devotee.

Another Girish pilgrim also from New Delhi said the arrangement was good and called on the faithful to follow the rules and regulations established by the government for the proper functioning of the shrine.

“The arrangement is quite good as before. We hear that there was an argument between the people which led to this unfortunate accident. So I call on the faithful not to engage in such activities and to do Mata’s darshan with ease. People must follow the guidelines set by the authorities. If people follow the guidelines, they will be safe. “

Vaishno Devi Yatra was picked up after a brief suspension following the incident.

The stampede took place around 2:15 a.m. near Gate 3 in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Police said that, according to initial reports, an argument broke out, which caused people to push each other, following which a stampede erupted.

The 12 people who lost their lives in the stampede have been identified, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha said on Saturday.

“All the deceased from the unfortunate incident have been identified. 10 corpses have been sent to their respective home towns and two more will be sent tomorrow morning,” Sinha said in a tweet.

JK LG had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the closest relatives of those who died in the stampede and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.

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