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9 die in Ramzan stampede in Bangladesh

IANS  |  Dhaka 

At least nine women were killed in a during a gathering to collect handout in Bangladesh's district on Monday.

Nearly 20,000 people gathered at the Kaderia Moinul Ulum Dakhil Madrassa to receive the materials. The took place as too many people pushed against each other to get the first delivery of the food items, reported citing police officials.

At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were injured in the incident.

"Usually handouts are only given to residents of this village. But this year people from nearby villages also came, inflating the crowd. Police as well as over 100 of our own security staff were present. A medical team was also on standby but we have still had a disaster," said Meherul Karim, the of KSRM steel factory, which organised the handout.

The families of each of the dead will receive Taka 300,000 in compensation, he said, adding that the company will also bear the cost of any medical treatment for the injured. Jobs will also be arranged for the families of the dead.

The district administration has launched a probe into the incident.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:18 IST