Chhath Puja celebrations turned into a nightmare for devotees here as several people were feared dead after a makeshift bridge collapsed triggering a stampede in Adalat Ghat area of Patna on Monday evening.
“There was a stampede and a lot of confusion. We don’t know the exact number of casualties yet,” Director General of Police Abhayanand, who reached the spot to supervise the rescue operations, told The Hindu on the phone.
Around 15 persons, including children, are believed to have died in the tragic mishap. The injured persons were rushed to the Patna Medical College & Hospital
The Bihar authorities had built a bamboo bridge at Mahendru Ghat near Adalat Ghat. When the bridge collapsed, people were directed to another area on the banks through an approach road. Since the crowd swelled, devotees carrying the puja material started to push through, leading to the stampede.
Chhath Puja is widely celebrated in Bihar where devotees throng river banks to offer prayers to the Sun.