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15 dead, 35 injured as tent collapses at religious event in India

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15 dead, 35 injured as tent collapses at religious event in India

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The accident occurred in the grounds of a a school in Rajasthan state’s Barmer district on Sunday evening when more than 1,000 people had gathered for a Hindu religious event.

Fifteen people, several among them senior citisens, died in the accident, district police chief Rashi Dogra Dudi confirmed.

Thirty-five more injured were hospitalised but their condition was said to be “out of danger’’ by doctors, she added.

Police officers said that some people trapped under the tent may have been electrocuted by live wires while others were killed by falling debris.

Rajasthan authorities have ordered an investigation into the accident as state chief minister Ashok Gehlot visited the accident site as well as the injured at the hospital on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences for the loss of lives in the incident.

He called the incident “unfortunate’’ and said his thoughts were “with the bereaved families.’’

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