Two die during rath yatra in Puri

Puri: At least two persons, including a woman, died during Lord Jagannath`s car festival here today, official sources said. While a 32-year-old woman identified as K Rabana Amma of Waltier in Andhra Pradesh died on the way to hospital, the district headquarters hospital here received the body of another 65-year-old man.

"The woman died on way to hospital. She had chest pain. Her death has nothing to do with the festival," Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Gyanedra Kumar Sahu told PTI. The CDMO said the volunteers brought the body of an unidentified person, aged about 65 years from the crowd, near the chariot of Lord Balabhadra.

Though several devotees claimed that the man died due to a stampede like situation, District Collector of Puri Arabinda Agarwal denied the allegation. "There is no stampede so far," he claimed.