At least three people were killed and several were injured at a stampede at the Khatu Shyamji Temple in Sikar during early morning hours on Monday.
The stampede took place during the monthly fair at around 5 am at the entrance of temple. The temple is considered to be one of the most important pilgrim destinations in Rajasthan and sees huge crowds.
According to the police, they are trying to control the crowd after reaching the spot.
The police further informed that all the three deceased are women while two injured have been shifted to a hospital in Jaipur.
Today, the 11th day of the lunar calendar is considered auspicious for darshan of Khatu Shyam Ji who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna.
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also express his grief.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at the Khatu Shyamji Temple complex in Sikar, Rajasthan. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest,” the PM tweeted.
Saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at the Khatu Shyamji Temple complex in Sikar, Rajasthan. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2022
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over the loss of lives in the stampede and wished a speedy recovery of the injured.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot wrote “The death of three women devotees due to a stampede in Khatu Shyamji Temple in Sikar is very sad and unfortunate. My deepest sympathies are with the bereaved family, may God give them strength to bear this loss and may the departed soul rest in peace.”
“Wishing a speedy recovery to the devotees injured in the stampede,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
Meanwhile, Gehlot on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those who died in the stampede at Khatu Shyamji Temple and Rs 20,000 for those who were injured.
“The accident in Khatu Shyamji Temple will be investigated by the Divisional Commissioner. In this incident, instructions have been given to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 20,000 to the injured from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF),” Gehlot said in a tweet.
श्री खाटूश्याम जी मन्दिर में हुए हादसे की संभागीय आयुक्त द्वारा जांच की जाएगी। इस घटना में मृतकों के परिजनों को 5-5 लाख रुपये एवं घायलों को 20-20 हजार रुपये सहायता राशि मुख्यमंत्री सहायता कोष (CMRF) से देने के निर्देश दिए हैं।
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 8, 2022