18 killed in Chhath puja stampede in Patna

The stampede was triggered after a temporary bridge collapsed due to heavy rush of devotees.

PATNA: Panic gripped the Patna's Adalat Ganj area where at least 18 people died and several others were injured in a stampede at a ghat during Chhath celebrations on Monday evening.

CNN-IBN reported that the stampede was triggered after a temporary bridge collapsed due to heavy rush of devotees.

A district administration official said the incident took place when people were returning after offering prayers at sunset at Adalatganj ghat.

"This shocking incident took place after a temporary bridge made of bamboo collapsed due to heavy rush of people, mainly devotees and their family members," a police official said.

All the bodies were brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital for post mortem and the injured were admitted for treatment.

District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh and Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant were camping at the hospital.

Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Yadav blamed the Nitish Kumar-led state government for the for the mishap.

"Our women and children died when the makeshift bridge made by the administration broke down. There are reports coming that there were no facilities at the venue," said Yadav.

"Nitish was in Pakistan, the administration must have eaten up all the money. Tomorrow I am going to Patna after the puja to meet the victims," he added.

Over four lakh people from Patna and nearby areas gathered at different ghats here for Chhath celebration, officials said.