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    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    More than 140 dead in Indian temple stampede

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    handful of people fell while climbing a steep slope toward the Chamunda temple, sited inside a hilltop fort near the city of Jodhpur, triggering the crush, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.

    "People were falling over one another. Many ran but were trampled under the feet of thousands," Anubhav, a witness who only gave his first name, said.

    Other witnesses said too many people were trying to pass through a narrow part of the climb at the same time. Many suffocated after they fell.

    "We have a final figure of 147 people died and 55 injured," Rajiv Dasoth, an inspector-general with the Rajasthan police, said. "The situation is under control and all the injured are being taken care of in hospitals."

    Officials said the crowds were especially large Tuesday, as pilgrims gathered for the start of the nine-day Navratri festival.

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