Published November 19, 2012
PATNA, India – Indian police say at least 14 people have been killed in a stampede during a religious festival in the eastern state of Bihar.
Police Superintendent Jayant Kant says the stampede occurred late Monday when crowds of Hindu devotees were offering prayers on the banks of the Ganges River in Patna, the state capital.
He says the stampede began when a power outage sparked panic as crowds filled a makeshift walkway leading from the riverbank into the Ganges.
Hundreds of worshippers had gathered along the bank of the river to offer prayers to the sun god during Monday's Chath festival.
Deadly stampedes are fairly common during India's often-chaotic religious festivals, which regularly include tens of thousands of worshippers.