Woman dies, 3 injured in Rath Yatra in Puri

A woman was killed and three others were injured Tuesday in a stampede during pulling of Ratha Yatra chariots from the Sri Jagannath temple in which hundreds of thousand people took part.

The 65-year-old woman, identified as Bijaylaxmi Mohanty of Markendeswar Sahi area here, and three others fell down among the throng of devotees as the chariots were being pulled, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Puri, Narahari Maharana said.

They were taken to a hospital where doctors declared the woman brought dead. The condition of three others was stated to be stable, Maharana said.

The incident took place near Gajapati king”s palace, about one kilometer from the 12th century temple. Mohanty fell down as the ”Taladwaja”, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra, was being pulled, police said.

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