12 crushed to death with 17 other injured in New Year?s Eve stampede at a shrine in India (photos)

In a New Year’s Eve stampede at a mountaintop shrine in India, some 12 people were killed and 17 others were injured.

At roughly 2.40 a.m., the horrific occurrence occurred as people gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra.

According to reports from the scene, an altercation erupted as the massive crowds became out of hand, resulting in a stampede.

At least 12 people were killed in the stampede, according to authorities, while more than a dozen were brought to the hospital, some with “severe” injuries.

12 crushed to death with 17 other injured in New Year?s Eve stampede at a shrine in India (photos)

Gopal Dutt, block medical officer of Community Health Centre, said the wounded were transported to Naraina Hospital after a rescue operation.

Officials said the bodies of the victims, said to be from Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab, were taken to a hospital in the Katra base camp for identification.

12 crushed to death with 17 other injured in New Year?s Eve stampede at a shrine in India (photos)

Dilbag Singh, Jammu, and Kashmir Director General of Police, said there appeared to have been a “minor altercation” between a group of young boys before the stampede.

According to India TV, he said: “Police and officials of the civil administration were quick to respond, and the order within the crowd was immediately restored, but by that time, the damage had been done.”

12 crushed to death with 17 other injured in New Year?s Eve stampede at a shrine in India (photos)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely saddened” by the horror.

He said: “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.”

Mr. Modi also said the families of the victims and those injured in the stampede would be given compensation from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund.

An investigation is now underway by the shrine board representatives and senior officials.

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