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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 11, 2013 3:32 AM PST

The death toll in the stampede at the Allahabad railway station in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh reached 36.

The tragedy occurred at around 8 p.m. (local time) Sunday when a foot overbridge at the station collapsed as thousands of devotees arrived to catch trains to their respective homes after attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu religious festival.

Thousands of devotees attended the Maha Kumbh Mela and the massive rush of devotees at the station led to the collapse of foot over bridge and subsequently the stampede.

According to the Times of India, many of the passengers blamed the railway station police officials for the tragedy.

"Due to massive rush of passengers on the foot overbridge, police started chasing away passengers and that led to commotion on the bridge leading to stampede," the Times of India quoted a passenger, Beta Lal, as saying.

"There was none to hear our grievances and aged people and children were the worst hit when the over-crowding resulted in commotion," Gayatri, another passenger, told the newspaper.

The passengers also said that railway authorities had not come to rescue the injured persons and the rescue team had reached very late.

Allahabad district magistrate Raj Shekhar assured maximum help and treatment to all the injured passengers.

Speaking on the stampede, Indian Railway Minister Pawan Bansal said that his department was not sure about exact number of deaths. However, he said that at least 10 people died and 12-13 people got injured in the incident.

The railway minister said that all the injured people were being treated in nearby hospitals.

Following the tragedy, the state government announced a compensation of 500,000 rupees to each of the family of the deceased and 100,000 to all injured people.

During the two months-long event, as many as 100 million devotees are said to visit the Ganga to dip themselves into the river during the religious festival Kumbh Mela, the act of which is believed to wipe away their sins. 

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