Gangasagar Mela Stampede, 6 dead (15 January 2017)

In a stampede at Gangasagar Mela, 6 people dead and several injured. On 15 January 2017, as a part of Makara Sankranti Mela at Gangasagar, West Bengal, more than a million devotees (10-12 lakh people) have performed Punya Snan.

Six people are reported dead in a deadly stampede at The Gangasagar Mela in West Bengal earlier today. The stampede happened on jetty number 5 of Kachuberia area (South 24 Parganas) while people were getting on the boat.

The event, also known as Ganga Snan, is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims where they take a holy dip in river Ganga before she merges into the Bay of Bengal Sea during Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island or Sagardwip in West Bengal. The Gangasagar fair that began today will end on January 15, the day after Makar Sankranti.

 

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