ALLAHABAD: The death toll from a stampede in a train station rose to 36 today in a northern India city where millions of devotees had gathered for a Hindu festival that is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.
At least 36 other pilgrims were injured in the crush in the city of Allahabad, medical superintendent Dr. P. Padmakar of the main state-run hospital said.
Tens of thousands of people were in the city’s main rail station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform, forcing people to rush there, eyewitnesses said.
They said police stopped the throng from crowding onto a footbridge and had to use batons to stop the crowds from surging forward.
India’s railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said an inquiry has been ordered into what led to the stampede.