Two children died in a stampede which broke out during Chhath Puja celebrations in Bihar’s Aurangabad Saturday. Among the dead were a six-year-old from Patna’s Bihta and an 18-month-old girl from Bhojpur.
A few others were also injured in the accident which took place at Suryakund. As per reports, authorities moved quickly to control the situation when it first came to their notice.
The incident occurred when devotees were returning after observing the Chhath puja. The District Magistrate,Mr. Rahul Ranjan, and senior police officials met the relatives of deceased children.
The incident occurred due to huge number of devotees who unexpected turned up at the Chhath puja venue on the occasion. Inadequate crowd control measures also contributed to the incident.
An ex-gratia of an unknown sum was also promised by the authorities to the families of the victims. Unconfirmed sources say the number of casualties might rise later. However, there is no official confirmation on the same.