Report: 10 die in India stampede at Muslim shrine

Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — An official says a stampede during a religious ceremony in central India has left at least 10 people dead.

Senior police officer Rajesh Vyas says the stampede occurred early Saturday when a large number of people surged forward to gain entry into a Muslim shrine, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Vyas says some pilgrims fell down and were crushed to death.

The shrine is near Ratlam, a town in Madhya Pradesh state nearly 480 miles (760 kilometers) southwest of New Delhi. Police in the region could not be immediately reached for details.

Deadly stampedes are relatively common at religious places in India, where large crowds gather in tiny areas with no safety measures or crowd control.