Following a stampede at the Sabarimala temple on Sunday night after a barricade gave way in the huge rush, at least 40 pilgrims were injured, and three of them are critical, said officials. The situation has been brought under control said State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
“All the medical attention is being given to the injured and the situation is fully under control,” Surendran told reporters at the temple.
As stated by the temple authorities, with Monday being a significant day in the months-long Sabarimala festival, there was a huge rush of devotees on Sunday. The incident took place when the sanctum santorum of the temple was unlocked late Sunday evening.
Police had put up barricades to control the crowd, but owing to the massive rush, the barricade broke and triggered a stampede that left many pilgrims injured.
Soon as the incident took place, temple authorities swung into action. The injured were taken to the local hospital. The three who suffered grave injuries have been taken to the Kottayam Medical College hospital.