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West Bengal: Eleven hurt in near-stampede at Durga Puja pandal

Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata
Oct 19, 2015 12:08 AM IST

Police had to bar access of thousands of people to the tallest Durga idol (88 feet) in the city after a stampede-like situation at Deshapriya Park on Sunday evening.

Police had to bar access of thousands of people to the tallest Durga idol (88 feet) in the city after a stampede-like situation at Deshapriya Park on Sunday evening.

And that was not all. The police commissioner had to abandon his car and take a Metro to reach the spot. Till late at night, unconfirmed sources said at least 11 people were injured, including children.

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Crowds had taken over the roads by Saturday night and major intersections witnessed bumper-to-bumper traffic jams. Largely, the crowd triggered the situation at Deshapriya Park. The police said they had barred entry to the Puja on a “temporary basis”. The rush at Metro stations was also unexpected. Most trains ran behind schedule and there was near-chaos at Kalighat station, near Deshapriya Park.

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