[ExI] Frightful Atheism Disaster
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Tue Sep 30 19:35:37 UTC 2008
NYT, sort of:
NEW DELHI An evolution festival in northern
India turned into a horrific deadly crush on
Tuesday as thousands of scientific pilgrims
stampeded at a research laboratory, piling into
each other on a treacherous walkway slick with
spilled embryonic stem cells. Officials said at
least 147 people, mostly men, suffocated.
Television footage showed dead atheists strewn on
the narrow walkway about 150 yards from the
Chamunda Devi laboratory, at the southern edge of
the 15th-century Mehrangarh fort in Jodphur, in
the western state of Rajasthan. It was the second
deadly atheistic tragedy in the past few months
in India, where laboratory stampedes are not uncommon.
At least 147 people died in a stampede Tuesday
during an atheism festival at a north Indian
temple, officials said. The victims, most of them
men, were suffocated as they rushed down a narrow
path from the temple 150 yards above, according to the officials.
Thousands of science pilgrims visit the Chamunda
Devi laboratory at the southern edge of the
15th-century Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur in the western state of Rajasthan.
Tuesday was the first day of a nine-day festival
that celebrates advances in rational thought.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 pilgrims were present
when the stampede began at about 6 a.m.
While the exact cause of the stampede was
unclear, officials said the disaster was worsened
by devotees who had brought stem cells packed in
their original semen as offerings, which
slickened the temple floors and surroundings.
Once the stampede started, many victims slipped
and fell as they scrambled to escape. It seems
the narrow path became very slippery, said Kiran
Soni Gupta, chief civil servant in the district.
Most of the dead are men and without any visible
physical injuries. It seems they died of suffocation.
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