At least 10 people were severely injured after a stray bull attacked the huge gathering of Shia mourners in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow on late Monday night.
The procession was being taken out to mark the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali on the 21st day of Ramzan.
It was only because of the courage displayed by a group of Shia mourners that a major tragedy was averted, considering at least 2.5 lakh members of the community, including children had gathered on the route. The youths held the manic bull by the horn and pushed it aside even as panic gripped thousands of mourners who ran for cover.
An ambulance was called and the injured mourners shifted to KGMU Trauma Centre. Three with critical injuries were hospitalised while others released after first aid. Those hospitalized included Nadeem Rizvi (55), Zafar Abbas (28), and Laraib Zaidi (25).
People in the area have blamed the district administration for not making adequate arrangements like barricading to check stray animals or secure the route for the iconic procession which marked the 150th year of Lucknow’s legacy.
This was tenth attack by a stray animal in the city in two months.