Thursday, March 4, 2010

63 die, dozens injured in Indian temple stampede

This is just one of the results of having Big Government rule and keeping the people poor. While higher rulers keep all the money the people are left fighting for food to eat.
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An unidentified woman weeps after a stampede at a temple in Kunda, 180

KUNDA, India – A stampede among thousands of poor villagers scrambling for free food and clothes at a commemorative event killed 63 people Thursday at a Hindu temple in northern India and injured dozens of others.

Nearly all the victims were women and children. The stampede was so intense it knocked down a gate at the compound surrounding the temple in the small town of Kunda, on the northern plains of Uttar Pradesh state.

"How could this happen in such a holy place?" cried Phool Chand Saroj, a 48-year-old farmer whose wife, daughter and grandmother were killed in the stampede. "If they had been more careful about letting in the crowds this would not have happened."

The crush of people turned into a stampede that killed 63 and injured 44, government official Ashok Kumar said.

Gudal, a 38-year-old farmer who uses only one name, wept over the death of her 7-year-old daughter, Ranjana.

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