An electric short circuit in the queue line at the entrance of the Tirumala temple on Wednesday morning triggered a stampede at the temple. The incident has left several people injured.
It all started when rumors of electric shock in the scanning area at Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple Maha Dwaram created panic among the devotees. The Times of India reported that a woman from Tamil Nadu shouted in panic about the electric shock that created flutter in queue lines.
Devotees started to run around with fear resulting in a minor stampede like situation in which 6 people received minor injuries.
Security guards stepped in to stop the queue lines immediately. The short circuit was found to be a hoax after the electricity department checked the wires.
This is the second incident of a stampede at the world famous temple in a week. On October 7, a drone being used by the forest department for a survey crashed into a tree near SNC area in Tirumala. The devotees nearby, sensing danger, ran away.
The stampede during the Vaikunta Ekadasi in the month of December, 2014, had left several devotees injured while the TTD staff was busy attending to the visiting VIPs.
Stampedes can quickly turn ugly as was witnessed on September 29 in Mumbai where 23 people were killed when an people rushed towards an overbridge at the Elphinstone station.