DHAKA – At least 10 people died and 15 others were injured on Monday in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka in a stampede that took place during the funeral rites for a former mayor and Bangladesh Awami League politician, officials said.
The incident took place at around 1:30 pm at the Rima Convention Centre, where the “qulkhwani”- an event popular among Bangladeshi Muslims which takes place some days after the funeral – for former Chittagong Mayor A.B.M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, who had died on Friday, was taking place.
“About 2,000 people were waiting outside the venue when the first batch was taking their food. Once the first batch completed eating everyone else tried to enter the hall. It led to the gate collapsing and caused the stampede,” Shawrup Roy, one of the organizers of the event, told EFE.
The qulkhwani was being held at various venues in Chittagong; the stampede occurred at an event that was specially held for the Hindu community.
“Today we have organized the program in 13 venues. This venue was reserved for non-Muslim people,” Roy added.
Mohammad Alauddin, spokesperson of the Chittagong Medical College Hospital, confirmed that so far the center had received 10 bodies, of which only four have been identified, and has admitted 15 others with injuries.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police chief Iqbal Bahar said that they would launch an investigation into the incident to establish if negligence caused the accident.