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Deadly stampedes at religious events in India since 2008

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 11, 2013
First Published: 22:21 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 22:27 IST(11/2/2013)

At least 36 people were trampled to death on Sunday evening as pilgrims headed home from the Kumbh Mela religious festival, which drew a record 30 million people to the banks of the river Ganges.

Here is a list of the worst stampedes in India since 2008:

November 20: Eighteen women and children are crushed to death in a stampede when a rope bridge collapses at a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
September 24: Nine people, eight of them women, die in a stampede during morning prayers at a religious celebration in Jharkhand state.
January 14: Ten worshippers die in a midnight stampede at a Hindu shrine in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

November 8
: Sixteen people including 14 women are killed in a stampede at a religious ceremony at a hermitage near the holy Hindu city of Haridwar.
January 14: Some 102 Hindu devotees are killed in a stampede which breaks out when thousands of pilgrims make their way home after an annual pilgrimage in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

October 16
: Ten worshippers are crushed to death in Bihar when tens of thousands of pilgrims gather for an annual Hindu festival.
March 4: Sixty-three people, mostly women and children, are killed in a stampede at a temple where free clothes are being doled out in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

September 30: Some 224 pilgrims die in a stampede when 25,000 worshippers rush to reach the 15th-century Chamunda Devi hill-top temple in the northern Indian town of Jodhpur.
August 3: Some 150 Hindu worshippers, including scores of children, are killed in a temple stampede sparked by rumours of a landslide in the northern Indian tourism state of Himachal Pradesh.

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