Ahmadabad: The Gujarat government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the stampede at the Bhavnath Temple's annual Mahashivratri fair in Junagadh, which left six pilgrims dead and over 40 injured.

The government is also planning to set up a high-level committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Varun Maria to probe the incident.  

Meanwhile, the state government has announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each to the family of the deceased and Rs 25,000 to the injured.

In view of the mishap, Akhil Bhartiya Sadhu Samaj, the main organisers of the fair have decided to call off their famous procession and said that only a symbolic procession would be taken out instead.

Six persons, including three women and two children, were killed while over 40 were injured in the stampede on Sunday night during the Mahashivratri fair at the narrow Panjnaka bridge, the lone entrance to the famous Shiva temple.

The stampede occurred following panic after the brakes of a four-wheeler at the fair venue apparently failed, police said.

(JPN/ Bureau)