Stampede at Hindu bathing site in Bangladesh kills 10

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Dhaka- Anisur Rahman, Administrator of Narayanganj District, Bangladesh, has more than 10 Hindu devotees were in a stampede during an annual bathing ritual on .

Rahman said police recovered the bodies of seven women and three the crowded pilgrimage site of Langalbandh on the bank of Old Brahmaputra River in Narayanganj district.

He said the mainly Hindu crowds had travelled around the country, as well as and Nepal the site 20 kilometers east of Dhaka bathe in the river as part of their religious rites.

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Police Officer, Khandaker Uddin, said overcrowding at the main Rajghat bathing quay caused the stampede.

He said the authorities had set up 13 quays along the riverbank facilitate devotees’ bathing.

“An investigation was launched into the accident, which also left 25 injured, he said.

Meanwhile, the district administration has announced compensation of 320 dollars each of the ’ families cover cremation costs.

Hindus make up an estimated 12 per cent of the of Bangladesh, where an 87per cent are .

The rest are mostly Christians and Buddhists. (dpa/NAN)