Chittoor stampede: 5 killed, 40 hurt
The stampede at the Kalki Bhagwan's ashram in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh occurred when the devotees scrambled for water.india Updated: Apr 23, 2008 21:21 IST
Five persons including a Lankan national were killed and over 40 injured during a stampede at Kalki Bhagwan's ashram in Chittoor district, police said on Wednesday.
The stampede occured when a large number of devotees gathered at the inaugural function of Kalki Bhagwan's Oneness University at Vardayapalem and scrambled for having water in scorching heat on Tuesday.
The deceased are identified as Subramanyam Satirlingam, a Sri Lankan national from Jaffna, Srinivas Rao, Govindaiah and Subramanyam Satirlingam. The fifth deceased is yet to be identified.
The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
The ashram is run by Kalki Bhagwan alias V Vijay Kumar and his wife Bhagwati Amma alias V Padmavathi.
Chittoor district Superintendent of Police K Lakshmi Reddy said several devotees fainted due to heat as ashram authorities failed to provide proper facilities.