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In brief: At least 100 Hindu pilgrims killed in night-time stampede after car crash

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

A stampede sparked by a night-time road accident in dense forest has killed more than 100 Hindu pilgrims in the southern Indian state of Kerala, police and officials said yesterday.

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The state's deputy general of police said that 102 people were killed last Friday night.

Hundreds of thousands had gathered at the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala last Friday evening. A bus carrying pilgrims back to the neighbouring state of Karnataka collided with a jeep and went out of control, crushing people who were walking nearby, Kerala temple affairs minister Ramachandran Kadannappally said. Panicked pilgrims rushed forward, triggering a stampede.

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