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Hindu Festival Stampede Kills 10 in Eastern India


Police in eastern India said a stampede early Monday outside a Hindu temple killed at least 10 people.

Authorities said the incident happened as thousands of people taking part in a religious festival in Jharkhand state rushed toward the temple just after its doors opened.

At least 15 people were injured in the crush.

Stampedes at religious festivals are common in India where massive crowds often overwhelm security and control measures.

Last month, 27 people died in southern India as tens of thousands of pilgrims rushed to bathe in the Godavari river during a festival. Last October, 32 people died at a festival in Bihar state.

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