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All but one of the dead identified

All but one of the 146 people killed in the stampede at Naina Devi temple in Himachal have been identified and their bodies handed over to relatives.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2008 20:01 IST

All but one of the 146 people who were killed in the stampede at Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh were identified and their bodies handed over to relatives on Monday.

The lone unclaimed body at the civil hospital in Anandpur Sahib on Monday is that of a 45-year-old man, Ropar police chief RN Hoke told PTI this evening.

He said remaining bodies have been taken back to their native places in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh by their kins.

The highest number of dead--60--are from Patiala district of Punjab, officials said in Anandpur Sahib.

While 15 pilgrims from Haryana lost their lives, the number of dead from Himachal Pradesh was ten.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who visited the injured in the hospital, assured the people that Punjab government, in coordination with Himachal Pradesh administration, will evolve a system to ensure "maximum safety" for pilgrims visiting the shrine in near future.

He also said the existing infrastructure at the Naina Devi shrine would be upgraded for better comfort of pilgrims.

Meanwhile, all the 47 injured admitted to the civil hospital here had been discharged after the medical treatment, officials said.