Stampede on Indian river bank kills 3 during Hindu ritual

Police in India say at least three people have been killed and another six were injured after a stampede broke out during a Hindu religious rite on a crowded bank of the Ganges River.

Police say the injured have been hospitalized in Begusarai, a town in Bihar state.

Police are analyse what caused the stampede on Saturday during a religion celebration that involves Hindus bathing in the river in the faith it will wash away their sins.

Deadly stampedes occur often on river banks and temples in India, where big crowds gather in small areas with few security or crowd control measures.

In January 2005, 340 Hindu pilgrims died in a stampede during a pilgrimage to a remote Mandhar Devi temple in western India.

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