10 Dead In Hindu Bathing Ritual Stampede

Via The New York Times

Bangladesh Hindu StampedeDHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 10 Hindu pilgrims were killed and dozens more were injured 12 miles southeast of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on Friday when an annual bathing ritual turned into a stampede, the police said…

He said the crush may have been exacerbated by a sense of urgency, since the pilgrims aim to bathe during an auspicious time period, which this year lasted for only 12 hours…

Bangladeshi news sources said that the ritual began before dawn on Friday and that many pilgrims bathed in the dark. They also reported that the death toll may rise, because victims’ bodies may have been carried away by the river. [more]