Wednesday, 06 Aug, 2008 Current Events

Stampede Victim Awakes in Hospital Morgue


Stampede Victim Awakes in Hospital MorgueAs doctors were about to perform post-mortem examination of a pilgrim, who fell unconscious during a rush that killed 150 people, the man suddenly woke up.

Rumors about a landside triggered panic among thousands of people who started climbing an abrupt mountain path. During the stampede, Mange Ram, 19-year-old man, was knocked unconscious.

The young man told Times of India that after the accident he woke up in a hospital morgue at the Naina Devi shrine, located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

"When I woke up, I was in the middle of a row of bodies waiting for post mortem. My throat was parched and I asked for water. Towering over me the doctors and nursing staff at Anandpur Sahib Civil Hospital looked dazed. They must have been surprised to see a dead man come alive like that," said Mr Ram.

According to Sat Pal Aggarwal, who works as a doctor on the pilgrimage, several verifications were performed in order to see whether victims could be saved.

"People were dumped quite haphazardly into trucks without following any procedure or checking if they were alive," Time of India quoted the doctor as saying.

Although a lot of lives were lost, the pilgrimage carried on only a couple of hours after the bodies had been cleared.

A hilltop in the Himalayas is the place of the temple's location. In order to reach the site, devotees must climb a narrow staircase. It is worth mentioning that the hilltop was the place of previous deadly accidents.

The control of the crown is quite poor in India, which is why stampedes occur rather often.

In 2005, a stampede at a religious pilgrimage located in western India, led to the death of 257 Hindu devotees, most of them were women and children.

Source: Times of India

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