3 dead, 10 injured in stampede in Bihar

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"The deceased were of very old age and perhaps died due to suffocation amid the huge crowd", the Times of India quoted Kumar as saying. As per another report, heavy gathering at the ghat is also believed to be the cause of the stampede.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his grief over the mishap and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next kin of the deceased.

The authorities have confirmed three women were killed in the stampede and the the bodies are yet to be identified. The wounded have been rushed to hospitals for treatment. "Attempts are being made to establish the identity of the third woman", the SP added.

According to the Newspaper, According to sources, death toll is high but district administration clearly says three people have lost their lives.

Asked if he was ruling out a possibility of stampede, Singhal told PTI, "We will reach a final conclusion only after post-mortem reports arrive. The IG zone and DIG range will also take stock of the situation".

The incident occurred in a narrow lane next to the Simaria ghat, where people had gathered in large numbers on the occasion of Karthik Purnima, said Sadar Deputy Superintendent of Police Mithilesh Kumar.

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