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Scientific methods will be adopted to control crowd at Sabarimala: Minister 

About 31 persons suffered injuries in the stampede-like situation that took place at Malikappuram on Sunday.

Published: 26th December 2016 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2016 11:11 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

SABARIMALA: Scientific methods will be implemented to control the pilgrims at Sabarimala, said Dewaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran. 

Police personnel, including the central forces, would be deployed at vulnerable locations, he further added. The minister offered assistance to the hospitalised pilgrims on Sunday. 

About 31 persons suffered injuries in the stampede-like situation that took place at Malikappuram on Sunday.

The condition of eight was reportedly critical. They have been admitted in the Kottayam Medical College Hospital. The injured have been identified as Kumar Nayak (35) from Ayannur in Karnataka, Gurammal (62) from Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu, Balasubramaniam (54) from Kadalur in Tamil nadu, Venkitachalam (64) from Chennai, C H S Jamburaj (49) and Sreenivasa Rao (45) from East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh and Nikhil (24) from Telangana. 

Lack of adequate number of police personnel and absence of barricades reportedly caused the unfortunate situation.

The police officers, including the central paramilitary personnel, were reportedly few in numbers at the time of the accident.

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