Deadly incident with several victims at a temple festival in India

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Three people died and 10 others sustained injuries after a crane collapsed during the Draupathi Amman temple festival in a village near Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, India, on Sunday evening. Around eight people were on the crane. On Monday, one more person died from injuries. Hundreds of people from the region had gathered for a festival at the Mandi Amman private temple in Nemili. People attempted to garland the temple idols by getting onto a crane which was unable to bear their weight and collapsed.

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The incident generated panic and created a stampede like situation. The injured people were rushed to Arakkonam and Thiruvallur government hospitals for treatment. An investigation is ongoing. A part of the crane was on higher ground. This soil imbalance appears to have caused the crane to topple,” Superintendent of Police, Deepa Satyan, said. The crane operator has been taken into custody. Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) P. K. Sekar Babu on Monday said guidelines in consultation with the police, fire services and revenue departments will be drawn up for temple festivals that attract crowds.