Twelve people were dead and fourteen others were injured in a stampede amid New Year celebrations at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir.

Iran PressAsia: Twelve people have died and over a dozen injured in a stampede at Jammu and Kashmir's Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The stampede was triggered by a "minor altercation among some young boys" amid a massive rush of devotees on New Year, officials said on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "personally monitoring and keeping track of the tragic situation," a minister in his office said.

Mukesh Singh, the Additional Director General of Police or ADGP, confirmed that 12 pilgrims had died and at least 14 were injured in the stampede. "All the injured have been taken to a hospital," he added, according to NDTV.

The incident occurred outside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine on Trikuta hills. Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the stampede.

"Preliminary information from the scene suggests that a minor altercation among some young boys led to the stampede at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in which 12 people unfortunately died," Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said.

"Police and officials from the civil administration were quick to respond, and the order within the crowd was immediately restored, but by that time, the damage had been done," he told Press Trust of India.


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