A number of devotees, together with ladies and youngsters, had been injured right now following a stampede at Ujjain’s well-known Mahakaleshwar Siva Temple. The gang turned uncontrollable after visits by some VIPs, together with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, affected the graceful circulation of devotees.
The incident happened at gate quantity 4 of the temple. After a lot jostling and pushing, the safety cordon gave approach and other people merely rushed in. A number of tumbled down and others fell over them.
A video of the incident reveals even policemen being overpowered whereas some devotees additionally engaged in bodily violence.
The Mahakaleshwar temple is likely one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of lord Siva. It reopened final month, however solely for individuals who have obtained not less than one dose of Covid vaccine or with a damaging RT-PCR take a look at report issued 48 hours previous to the go to.
As much as 3,500 devotees are permitted to enter the premise between 6 am and eight pm. There are seven time slots of two hours every, with 500 folks allowed in every slot.
Immediately, nonetheless, VIPs like Uma Bharti and Mr Chouhan, too, selected to go to the temple, together with their households. This made all of it the more serious for the devotees and the administration, temple officers stated.
Ujjain District Collector Ashish Singh stated right now was an exception and that normalcy would return from subsequent Monday.
“We’ll sit hand plan for subsequent Monday. Covid protocol can’t be adopted within the type of free-for-all we had right now. There have been additionally too many individuals in a single go. We’ll revise the plan. We’ll guarantee social distancing,” Mr Singh stated.