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Stampede kills 19 pilgrims in ancient Indian city

NEW DELHI, Oct 15 (Reuters) - At least 19 people died in a stampede in the ancient northern Indian city of Varanasi on Saturday, officials said. Panic spread as hundreds of Hindu pilgrims tried to cross a bridge to a sacred site in one of the world's oldest inhabited cities, at the heart of the constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Rumors about the bridge collapse led to chaos after a man fell down in a crowd," said police officer Javeed Ahmad.
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