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The Indian Herald

January 15, 2011

90 pilgrims feared killed as bus falls in ditch near Sabarimala temple

A major mishap was reported from Kerala's Sabarimala temple where a bus carrying 100 pilgrims which was returning from the shrine, fell into a gorge.

Preliminary reports suggests that the number of devotees who died was over 90. The figure of those who got injured in the incident had also risen to nearly 100.

The accident occurred near the Sabarimala shrine in Idukki district at around 9 pm. The pilgrims were coming back after the Makaravilakku ritual at the temple.

There were also reports of stampede after the accident. Senior police officials and rescue workers had reached the spot. Earlier, thousands of devotees had flocked to the famous South Indian temple on the occasion of the 'makara samkrama puja'.

TIH Bureau

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