Pandal collapses during Ram Katha in Rajasthan’s Barmer, 14 die, 50 injured

Barmer: At least 14 people were killed and about 50 injured after a pandal fell on them due to strong winds and heavy rains during a religious programme in Jasol villager of Barmer district in Rajasthan on Sunday, police said.

A ‘Ram Katha’ was organised at a school ground near Rani Bhatiyani temple in Jasol area of the district. The pandal was uprooted by strong winds, trapping the people sitting under it, police said, adding hundreds of devotees were attending the programme.

DM Himanshu Gupta said that more than a thousand people were present in Pandal, mostly elderly. It is believed that most of the deaths were caused by the spread of current in the pandal.

A video of the accident is getting viral, in which narrative Maharaj Murlidhar is asking people to vacate the pandals. However, in a few seconds the whole pandal falls. Local people transported many injured on private vehicles to the hospital. No immediate information was available about the condition of Maharaj Murlidhar .

Prime Minister and Chief Minister expressed grief over the incident.

“At least 14 persons have died in the incident and about 50 are injured. Reasons of the deaths will be clear after post-mortem,” said Ratan Lal Bhargava, Additional Superintendent of Police of Balotra. He said the injured were rushed to different hospitals in the district.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the tent was uprooted due to the winds and hovered for a few seconds in the air before collapsing.