Woman killed in Rajasthan stampede

June 30th, 2012 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, June 30 (IANS) A 55-year-old woman was killed in a stampede while about a dozen others sustained bullet injuries in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district Saturday after two groups of villagers clashed during a religious procession, police said.

Kamal Devi died in the incident that took place in Udhyog Nagar area of the district, some 180 km from Jaipur. Police said that the two groups in the village were at loggerheads over an old rivalry.

Around two dozen people have been detained.

“A new temple was being built by one of the two groups. A procession with idols which were to be established in the temple was being taken out. The clash took place when the procession was passing by the houses of people belonging to the opposite group,” said the officer.

“The clash started with stone hurling, however, soon some people from both the sides took out guns and started firing. It led to a stampede in which Kamal Devi was killed,” said the officer.

Kamal Devi, who belonged to the same village, was participating in the religious procession. “About a dozen other sustained bullet injuries and were admitted to a hospital in Bharatpur,” said the officer.

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