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Stampede at school kills five

HUNDREDS of students jammed into a narrow school staircase panicked and set off a stampede yesterday that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured, a New Delhi hospital official said.

Five of the injured were in critical condition, said O.P. Kalra, medical superintendent of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, where the injured boys and girls were taken.

The stampede occurred as students arrived for an exam, Kalra told reporters. The Press Trust of India news agency said the stampede was set off by rumors about an electrical short-circuit in the government-run school.

The students were from 8 to 16 years of age, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

Parents gathered outside the school after the incident, wailing in anguish.


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