Bhopal: At least 12 people were killed and four injured in a stampede during a religious gathering in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district in the early hours of Saturday, an official said.

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Chehallum is observed annually by a Muslim sect after 40 days of Muharram at Hussain Tekri in Ratlam district, 300 km from here.

The gate of the area where a fire oven on which the faithfuls walk was closed. A number of people tried to enter it, resulting in the stampede.

"Twelve people got killed. Four injured are being treated. We have announced Rs.10,000 compensation for those killed and Rs.5,000 for the injured," Ratlam collector Rajendra Kumar Sharma said. Four of the dead were women.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief at the tragic incident at Hussein Tekri in Ratlam district.

He directed State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta and Forest Minister Sartaj Singh, who is also the in-charge Minister of Ratlam, to visit the spot and take necessary action.

Chouhan also asked them to ensure that the injured be provided free treatment.

Meanwhile, MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria demanded action against those responsible for the tragedy and demanded five lakh compensation each to the kin of the deceased.

(Agencies)