Eyewitnesses say massive crowd had gathered at the Hanuman temple of Panki, about 7 km from Kanpur, to celebrate Budhwa Mangal Festival. Devotees present in the temple said that the stampede happened as the temple had no proper crowd control arrangements in place.
The doors of the 500-year-old temple were to open at 3 am on Tuesday but people started lining up since Monday night, said a temple priest.
"The crowd went berserk as the temple was full of devotees. There was no crowd control arrangement system in place. Thus the stampede occurred," lamented a devotee.
At one point of time crowd became so uncontrollable that police personnel present near the temple site resorted to mild force to control the situation.
DIG (Kanpur) Amitabh Yash told reporters that serpentine lines were seen outside the temple since Monday night following which additional policemen were posted near the site.