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Business News/ News / World/  Fire kills six pilgrims at Mahashivratri celebrations in Mauritius; EAM Jaishankar offers condolences

Fire kills six pilgrims at Mahashivratri celebrations in Mauritius; EAM Jaishankar offers condolences

Six pilgrims died in Mauritius during a Hindu festival ritual when a fire broke out from a cart displaying Hindu deities, caused by exposed electric wires. Seven others were injured, with one in serious condition.

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Six pilgrims perished in Mauritius on Sunday during a religious ceremony commemorating a Hindu festival, as confirmed by the police.

As reported by AFP, the incident unfolded when a wooden and bamboo cart carrying statues of Hindu gods ignited upon contact with live electrical cables, explained Police Commissioner Anil Kumar Dip during a televised address.

“The accident claimed six victims and left seven injured, including one who is in serious condition," he said.

Expressing his condolences, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, “Saddened to hear about the unfortunate tragedy that occurred during the Mahashivratri celebrations in Mauritius. Our condolences to the bereaved families and the people of Mauritius at this difficult time."

The pilgrims were travelling on foot to the Grand Bassin Lake, which is deemed sacred by the East African island nation's Hindu community, ahead of the Shivaratri festival on March 8, AFP reported.

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Published: 04 Mar 2024, 07:27 AM IST
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