Kolkata, August 23: In a tragic incident, six people died and as many as 27 people were injured in a stampede on Friday after a portion of a wall of a temple in West Bengal's Kachua collapsed. According to a tweet by ANI, the incident took place at the Loknath temple in Kachua area of North 24 Pargana where devotees had gathered to celebrate the auspicious festival of Krishna Janmashtami. Reports inform that the portion of its wall caved in following heavy rain.
In the wake of the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs for the family of the deceased. The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs.1 lakh to those who have been critically injured and Rs. 50,000 for others with minor injuries.
Here's the tweet:
— ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2019
According to reports, the sudden collapse of the temple wall triggered a stampede during which the four victims were killed and scores were injured. The reason of the collapse is yet to be ascertained.
Krishna Janmashtami, also referred to as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is one of the important festivals for the Hindu community in India. The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 23-24 across the country. This festive occasion marks the birth of Hindu Lord of Shri Krishna, who is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.