Nellore: Two persons died in an unfortunate accident in the Ratha Yatra of Ranganatha Swamy here on Monday. Several others were injured.
There was a heavy rush of devotees who came in not only from Nellore district, but from several neighboring districts to watch the yearly celestial event. Organizers could not control the crowd and two persons were crushed under the wheels of the giant chariot. Several other devotees sustained injuries in the stampede that followed. One of the deceased was identified as Vikram Reddy of Kadapa. The condition of two more devotees who were also run over by the chariot is stated to be serious.
The festival will continue till the 24th of this month. Locals are blaming the police for not making adequate security arrangements. (NSS)