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President Kovind, PM Modi express grief over stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Katra temple, announces ex-gratia

At least 12 people were killed, while 13 others were injured in a stampede, triggered by a heavy rush of devotees on New Year’s Day, at the shrine atop Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.

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President Kovind, PM Modi express grief over stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Katra temple, announces ex-gratia
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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the loss of lives in the stampede that took place early this morning at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra, in which at least 12 people were killed and several others injured.

President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, Very distressed to know that an unfortunate stampede claimed lives of devotees at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhavan. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery to those injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured.

“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to JK LG Shri @manojsinha_ Ji, Ministers Shri @DrJitendraSingh Ji, @nityanandraibjp Ji and took stock of the situation,” PM Modi tweeted.

“An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM @narendramodi,” tweeted the Prime Minister’s Office.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief over the loss of lives in a stampede that took place early this morning, resulting in the death of at least 12 persons and injuring 13 others.

Shah tweeted in Hindi, “Deeply pained by the tragic accident at Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. I have spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. The administration is working continuously to provide treatment to the injured people. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident.”

Rajnath Singh tweeted, “The tragedy due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Bhawan is heart-wrenching. Anguished by the loss of lives due to it. My condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

At least 12 people were killed, while 13 others were injured in a stampede, triggered by a heavy rush of devotees on New Year’s Day, at the shrine atop Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.

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