23 mourners die in UP crematorium mishap


Ghaziabad, January 3

Twenty-three persons, most of them attending a funeral, were killed and around 20 injured when the roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday, the police said.

Several persons had taken shelter under the structure due to rain. Most of them were relatives of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time, officials said. Rescue workers sifted through the rubble for hours to rescue people and extricate bodies. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was sent to the spot in Muradnagar’s Ukhlarsi village.

The injured were admitted to various hospitals, officials said. They said the number of the injured could be higher as some others were taken away from the site by their relatives. — PTI

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