Haridwar Stampede: 16 die during Gayatri Mahakumbh at Chandidweep Ghat

16 people were killed in a stampede in Haridwar on November 8, 2011, during Gayatri Mahakumbh at Chandidweep Ghat along the banks of Ganga River. The stampede occurred at 10.25am when thousands of devotees, mostly from eastern UP and Bihar were climbing stairs to cross a mini bridge ahead of the venue for the religious ceremony of Gayatri Mahayagya.

The ceremony was commemoration for the birth centenary celebrations of Acharya Pandit Shriram Sharma who was a Saint-Scholar-Philosopher, the founder of Shantikunj Ashram and ‘Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Pariwar’.

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