Police said that as against the expected two lakh turnout about 10 lakh people turned up for the rudraksh distribution organised by Pandit Pradeep Mishra.
The 3-year-old son of Vivek Vinod Bhatt of Jalgaon, who fell ill during the commotion, died at a hospital on Friday morning. The child, who was suffering from cerebral palsy, had to cover a long distance on foot as vehicles were caught in a massive jam on the Bhopal-Indore state highway that left 30,000 vehicles stranded. The boy’s condition deteriorated and he was taken to a hospital where he died in the morning. Earlier, a woman identified as Mangala Bai from Malegaonin Maharashtra’s Nashik district, died due to illness. The huge crowd and stampede-like situation resulted in about 75 people falling ill.
“We have reports of two deaths. A control room has also been set up. Emergency medical services are available 24×7,” Sehore SP Mayank Awasthi said.