06 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 02/11/2013, 00.00

    INDIA

    Allahabad: 36 people die crushed by 150 thousand Maha Kumbh Mela pilgrims



    The incident took place last night at the city's railway station. Police and staff took no action to stop the fleeing crowd, nor to help the wounded. The victims were mostly elderly and children.

    Allahabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 36 people have died at the station of Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), overwhelmed by a crowd of more than 150 thousand pilgrims returning from the Maha Kumbh Mela, the biggest Hindu festival. The incident took place yesterday evening, when a sudden and massive crowd of people broke through an overbridge railing and poured onto one of the platforms, crushing those present. Most of the victims were elderly and children. About a dozen people are hospitalized in critical condition.

    Witnesses told the national daily The Times of India, that no law enforcement officer, nor any member of staff came to the scene to stop the fleeing crowd, despite the cries for help. "Because of the mass of people on the foot of a bridge - remember Beta Lal, whose wife is in the hospital - the police began to disperse the people, crushing those who were on the platform." After the accident, he adds, "the railway authorities did not even came to help the wounded."

    The Maha Kumbh Mela is considered to be the largest gathering of humanity on Earth: Overall, at least 100 million people will attended it this year. According to tradition, immersion in the Sangam - the confluence of the sacred rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and Saraswati - washes away sins and helps the faithful to attain salvation. However, many people consider it to be an exhibition of "violence and extremism", as there are always the naga sadhus among the participants, ascetics who profess a Hindu warrior-inspired violence.

     

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    15/01/2013 INDIA
    The Maha Kumbh Mela, a spectacle of extremism and violence
    This was stated by Lenin Raguvanshi, a lay activist in Varanasi. He denounces the participation of Naga sadhus, ascetic warriors who parade armed with swords and tridents, "militarizing" a religious moment as important as that of the Kumbh Mela. It is "urgent and necessary" to prohibit the participation of these individuals, and stand against the caste system, "to give dignity" to Dalits and tribals.

    14/07/2015 INDIA
    As Kumbh Mela starts, ten million Hindu pilgrims expected in two months
    Maharashtra chief minister and Union Home Affairs minister inaugurated the celebrations. Security measures have been boosted to prevent crowd-related incidents. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams government’s double standards vis-à-vis Christian gatherings.

    24/02/2006 CHINA
    Mine blast kills 15, wounds 12

    The survivors have been admitted to hospital in serious conditions. Despite Beijing's campaign to improve occupational safety, the slaughter of miners continues.



    19/12/2007 PAKISTAN
    Lahore, train derails: 56 dead over 100 injured
    According to a director of Pakistani railways, the accident was caused by ice on tracks at a junction. Pakistan’s railway system is obsolete, and trains transport up to three times their passenger capacity.

    03/01/2007 INDIA
    50 million Hindus expected in Allahabad as Kumbh Mela gets under way
    One of the largest religious gatherings in the world, it is held every six years. The fulcrum of the pilgrimage is the ritual bathing of purification at the confluence India’s three most renowned sacred rivers.



    Editor's choices

    VATICAN
    Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card



    In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.


    IRAN
    Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®