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Tragedy at the Vaisno Devi as stampede kills many

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  • Twelve pilgrims have died and over a dozen injured in a stampede at Jammu and Kashmir's Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The stampede was triggered by a "minor altercation among some young boys" amid a massive rush of devotees on New Year.
  • The incident occurred outside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine on Trikuta hills.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha has ordered a high level inquiry into the stampede.
  • An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each has been approved by the Prime Minister of India from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan and the injured would be given Rs. 50,000.

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