New Delhi: At least 50 people, including women and children, were killed in a stampede at a temple in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, police said.
Hundreds of people who had gathered inside an old temple panicked after a wooden gate at the temple collapsed.
“The toll is likely to rise further as many women and children are injured. At least 20 are serious,” said Brij Lal, a senior police officer.
About 8,000 people had gathered at the Hindu temple to collect free clothes and food being handed out by a local holy man.
The stampede began when a large metal gate fell onto some of the devotees, officials said. Emergency vehicles and rescue teams rushed to the scene.
The Ram Janki temple is in the town of Pratapgarh, 650 kilometres (400 miles) southeast of New Delhi and 25 kilometres north of the city of Allahabad.