The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau expresses its deep shock and sorrow at the death of 140 people due to the stampede at the Chamunda Devi temple near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. 60 other people have been injured in the incident.
The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt sympathy to all those who have lost their family members in this tragedy.
Coming in the wake of the Naina Devi Temple stampede in August, this incident underlines the necessity for regulating the flow of pilgrims who gather in large numbers at places of worship and on religious occasions. The National Disaster Management Agency should be entrusted with formulating regulations to be observed in all states in order to avoid such manmade disasters.