At least 32 people were killed in a stampede at Patna ’s Gandhi Maidan, Bihar Home Secretary Amir Subhani told late Friday evening.
More than 100 people are reported to have been injured in the stampede.
The tragedy occurred when people were returning after watching the “Ravan Vadh” ceremony at the Bihar capital’s main Dussehra event at Gandhi Maidan where a huge crowd had gathered to witness the event, police said.
Officials said the dead were mainly women and children.
Some eyewitnesses said that panic broke out following rumours that a live electric wire had fallen to the ground.
Slippers, shoes and footwear were seen strewn on a 500 metre stretch as people tried to flee from the scene.
Patna District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma said that the dead include mostly women and children.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manji was present at the Gandhi Maidan where people watched an arrow setting the 60 feet tall effigy of Ravan into flames.
PM Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the tragedy. He also spoke to CM Manjhi to take stock of the situation.