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Stampede at Religious Festival in India Leaves 32 Dead

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A woman who was injured in a stampede is moved to a hospital for treatment in the eastern Indian city of Patna, Oct. 3, 2014.

A woman who was injured in a stampede is moved to a hospital for treatment in the eastern Indian city of Patna, Oct. 3, 2014.

A stampede at a religious festival in eastern India has left at least 32 people dead and 15 others hospitalized.

Authorities in Bihar state say the stampede occurred Friday as large crowds were leaving the Hindu festival known as Dussehra in the state capital of Patna.

Most of the people there were women and children, and reports say most of the dead were women.

According to various local media reports, the stampede started as rumors that a live electrical wire had fallen into the crowd began to circulate, causing people to rush for an exit.

Deadly stampedes are common at Indian religious festivals, where large numbers of people crowd into congested areas.

Officials say some of the people fainted and were taken to a nearby hospital.

At the popular Dussehra festival, effigies of the demon king Ravana are burned to symbolize the victory of good over evil.

Some information in this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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