At least 14 people have died, and many others sustained injuries when a massive tent erected for people attending a religious gathering collapsed during a dust storm in Rajasthan’s Barmer on Sunday, police said.
Police said the death toll could go up as a huge crowd had gathered to listen to a Ramkatha discourse in Jasol village in Balotra area of Barmer. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospital.
Speaking to IANS, Balotra Sub-Inspector Khetaram said: “The exact number of the dead will be given after some time. Right now, the entire police machinery is busy providing medical aid to the injured and helping control the crowd.”
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed condolences to the families of the deceased.