At least 25 Sabarimala pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh were injured, two of them seriously, in a “minor stampede” at the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa this evening, which witnessed heavy rush of devotees, officials said.
Due to the heavy rush, a rope barricade between ‘Sannidhanam’ and ‘Mallikapura’ snapped and the pilgrims, who were leaning on it fell on each other, Pathnamthitta District Collector R Girija told PTI. The injured were initially taken to the Sannidhanam hospital of which two seriously injured were shifted to Kottayam medical college hospital and three others to Pamba hospital, she said.
The two grievously injured pilgrims have suffered head and rib injuries but they are conscious, she said. There was a heavy rush of pilgrims on Sunday, the penultimate day before the culmination of 41-day ‘mandala pooja’.