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2 die due to suffocation, 7 taken ill at Banke Bihari temple

2 die due to suffocation, 7 taken ill at Banke Bihari temple

Vrindavan/Mathura (UP), Aug 20 (UNI) At least two persons died due to suffocation and seven were taken ill when heavy crowd gathered at Banke Bihari temple for Mangal Aarti on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, local administration sources said here on Saturday.
Local administration sources said that due to massive crowd at the temple devotees complained of suffocating. As the administration was making efforts to ease the crowd two persons died.
Sources said that seven persons were taken ill in the incident and were admitted to different hospitals.
It may be noted that Mangala Aarti is held once a year on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami.
To participate in the aarti heavy crowd assembled in the temple since Friday evening.
Sources said that top officials of of the district administration were present in the temple at the time of the incident. Even the police force seemed helpless in managing the crowd.
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