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Stampede at Rath Yatra Hindu religious festival in India kills two

Published 18/07/2015

The aftermath of the stampede at the annual Rath Yatra procession. (AP)
The aftermath of the stampede at the annual Rath Yatra procession. (AP)

A stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of people in eastern India has left two women dead, police said.

At least 10 other people were injured in the melee at the Rath Yatra, or Chariot Festival, in the temple town of Puri in Orissa state, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Police said the crowd swelled and surged towards a chariot being carried in a procession, according to PTI.

Two of the injured were in critical condition in hospital, it said.

It was the second deadly stampede at an Indian Hindu festival in less than a week.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of pilgrims at a Hindu religious bathing festival surged forward and triggered a massive stampede on a riverbank in southern India's Andhra Pradesh state, leaving at least 27 dead and dozens injured.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.

In October 2013, a stampede in Madhya Pradesh state in central India killed more than 110 people, mostly women and children.

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