28 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/11/2013
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
01/15/2013 INDIA
The Maha Kumbh Mela, a spectacle of extremism and violence
by Nirmala Carvalho
10/14/2013 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh stampede to enter temple: 109 Hindu pilgrims die
01/03/2007 INDIA
50 million Hindus expected in Allahabad as Kumbh Mela gets under way
01/14/2013 INDIA
India, 10 million pilgrims expected for the beginning of the Kumbh Mela
02/24/2006 CHINA
Mine blast kills 15, wounds 12

Editor's choices
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.