5 Mar 2010

Fatal stampede at temple

6:10 am on 5 March 2010

At least 60 people have died in a stampede after the gate of a Hindu temple collapsed in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India.

Another 25 devotees were injured at the temple in Pratapgarh district, 650km south-east of Delhi.

Police say devotees had gathered for a ritual feast. It is still unclear what caused the gate to collapse.

The BBC reports hundreds of people have been killed in stampedes at crowded Indian temples in recent years.

Nearly 300 people were killed in stampedes and scores injured in two different Hindu temples in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh states in 2008.