12 killed in stampede at Vaishno Devi temple, PHOTOS: There were long queues of devotees, clashes broke out between two groups and there was shouting

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A large number of devotees reached the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir on the new year. There were long queues of devotees to have darshan of the mother. Meanwhile, a stampede broke out at around 2:45 pm. In this 12 people died. 14 people are injured out of which 3 are in critical condition. See in the pictures how the stampede broke out and how Mata’s court turned into mourning…

On the occasion of New Year, a large number of people gathered at the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra to have darshan of Mata.

There were long queues for the darshan of the mother.  During this, there was an argument between the factions and the tussle started.

There were long queues for the darshan of the mother. During this, there was an argument between the factions and the tussle started.

There was a stampede on the spot due to the scuffle.  Devotees started running here and there.  Many people fell down and were crushed under their feet.

There was a stampede on the spot due to the scuffle. Devotees started running here and there. Many fell down and were crushed under their feet.

After some time the situation returned to normal.  The injured were rushed to Narayana Hospital in Katra.

After some time the situation returned to normal. The injured were rushed to Narayana Hospital in Katra.

Some people died on the spot after being crushed during the stampede.  The death toll is expected to rise.

Some people died on the spot after being crushed during the stampede. The death toll is expected to rise.

Several women were also injured in the stampede.  A nurse carrying the injured woman devotee to the hospital with the help of a wheel chair.

Several women were also injured in the stampede. A nurse carrying the injured woman devotee to the hospital with the help of a wheel chair.

Relief and rescue teams took the injured to Narayana Hospital.  The families of the dead and injured are reaching the hospital.

Relief and rescue teams took the injured to Narayana Hospital. The families of the dead and injured are reaching the hospital.

This picture is from the aftermath of the stampede.  People are scared because of the accident.  Some pilgrims are returning.

This picture is from the aftermath of the stampede. People are scared because of the accident. Some pilgrims are returning.

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