At least 14 people died and more than 50 were injured when a tent collapsed during a religious congregation at Jasol village in Balotra city of Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Sunday.
According to sources, hundreds of devotees had gathered to hear the ‘Katha’ (religious story) of Mata Rani Bhatiyani Ji. The tent, under which they had congregated, collapsed after a storm and heavy downpour swept the area.
The tent came in contact with current, leading to death of 14 people and injuries to more than 50.
The officials of district administration and police rushed to the spot and carried out relief works.
The injured have been admitted to Nahta hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet condoled the loss of lives in the incident.
‘Collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Rajasthan’s Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery,’ Mr Modi said in a Twitter post. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also expressed sadness over the loss of lives.
‘Saddened by the sudden death of so many people due to the unfortunate incident of tent collapse in Jasol, Barmer. I pray to God to give peace to the souls of those who died and strength to the bereaved families, while wishing a speedy recovery of the injured.
‘The district administration is carrying out the relief and rescue work. I have directed the concerned officials to provide treatment to the injured and all possible assistance to the affected families. The district officials have been directed to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident,’ Mr Gehlot tweeted.