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PM Modi condoles Varanasi stampede deaths

Updated: Oct 15, 2016 16:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in a stampede during Baba Jai Gurdev's sabha in Varanasi today.

In his condolence message, Prime Minister Modi said, "I have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi."

Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured."

At least 19 people, including 15 women, were reported killed in a stampede during Baba Jai Gurdev's sabha in Varanasi today.

The stampede took place, when hundreds of supporters of Jai Gurudev were going for a 'samagam' (religious confluence) via the Rajghat bridge.

As per sources, many people have been injured and several ambulances were called to the spot.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has announced Rs. 2 lakh each next to kin of the victims of the stampede and Rs 50,000 each to critically injured. (ANI)