In a tragic incident on Friday morning, at least 4 people died while over a dozen people were left injured in West Bengal’s 24 North Parganas district after a wall of Baba Loknath temple collapsed on the people who had gathered there for Janmashtami celebration.
As per the reports so far, the injured were rushed to the National Medical College, two of them were declared brought dead while another two are still critical.
The wall collapse at the temple in Kachua area of the district also triggered a stampede-like situation as people ran to their safety.
Following the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the dead.
A compensation of Rs 1 lakh has also been announced for those who have been critically injured in the incident, while people with minor injuries would be given Rs 50,000.
Krishna Janmashtami, also referred to as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is one of the important festivals for the Hindu community in India. The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 23-24 across the country.
This festive occasion marks the birth of Hindu Lord of Shri Krishna, who is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.