SRINAGAR: At least 12 Hindu pilgrims died and more than a dozen were injured during a stampede at a Temple in the Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) on Saturday morning, police said, according to India Today.

“Twelve pilgrims died and 14 were injured in a stampede in the early morning today at Mata Vaishno Devi Temple,” said senior police officer, Mukesh Singh.

All those who sustained injuries have been shifted to a hospital. 

The stampede broke out when a huge crowd of devotees, who had come to mark the beginning of the New Year, entered the Vaishno Devi Bhawan Temple, another official said.

“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a condolence message.

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