As state pours in for Kalaignar's last rites, stampede kills two, injures 35

Aug 09, 2018, 09:40 IST | Agencies

Thousands throng Rajaji Hall to catch a final glimpse of the late DMK leader; jostling and pushing leads to the tragedy

As state pours in for Kalaignar's last rites, stampede kills two, injures 35
People gather as a vehicle carrying the body of Karunanidhi approaches during the funeral procession, in Chennai. Pics/PTI, AFP

Two persons were killed and 35 suffered minor injuries on Wednesday in a stampede outside the Rajaji Hall as hundreds of thousands thronged for a final glimpse of DMK leader M Karunanidhi, a hospital official said.

A senior official of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital said, "Two persons were brought dead to the hospital with injuries arising due to trampling. One is a woman, Shanbagam, while the other person is an unidentified man." The deceased woman was said to be 60 years old.

The official added that another 35 persons were brought to the hospital with minor injuries. Some were dehydrated. They were given treatment. "There has been heavy jostling and pushing and pulling in the crowd since morning," one man at the site said, explaining what led to the stampede. The tragedy occurred shortly after DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M K Stalin appealed for calm to the milling crowds, which were getting restive at not being able to get close to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister's body.

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