6 killed in stampede during Hindu festival in India

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An official says at least six people have been killed in a stampede during a Hindu religious festival in eastern India.

West Bengal state Development Minister Mantu Ram Pakhira says the stampede took place Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people had assembled on the banks of the Buriganga river.

Pakhira says the stampede occurred as people were trying to get into a crowded boat. Six women were killed and seven other people were injured.

The area where the stampede occurred is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.