Tuesday, April 13, 2004

21 killed in free-sari stampede

LUCKNOW: Thousands of people, mostly women, had gathered under a huge white canopy to celebrate the birthday of Lalji Tandon, the state's opposition leader and to receive saris being given to the poor. The stampede began when rumors spread through the crowd that there were no more saris to give away.

Twenty-eight people were injured, doctors said. The dead included eight women aged 45 to 60 years, and seven young girls who had lined up to receive saris as gifts, said Dr. Lalit Saxena, one of the doctors who took the bodies to three city hospitals.

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So I guess when it comes to oddball election-related news, the Philippines ain't alone. Read the entire article here.

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