A devotee dies at the door of the Bankey Behari temple; the cops say the crowd don’t reason


On Saturday, a 65-year-old devotee died on the stairs of the gate of Sri Bankey Behari Temple in Vrindavan, Mathura. The family of the deceased told Mathura police that he was diabetic and had high blood pressure.

A 65-year-old devotee died on the stairs of the Sri Bankey Behari temple gate in Vrindavan, Mathura on Saturday.

Mathura Police said the family of the deceased informed them that he was diabetic and had high blood pressure. They denied the possibility that an uncontrolled crowd at the temple was the reason for the death.

However, it is a fact that the temple attracts huge crowds of devotees during the weekends.

“Police received reports of the death around noon on Saturday that a devotee had passed out on the stairs of Gate No. 4 of Bankey Behari Temple. He was rushed to hospital but was declared dead,” said P Malik, circle officer of Sadar area, Mathura. “The deceased, identified as Laxman Singh, was a local. He had accompanied his brother-in-law’s family to the temple on Saturday. The family informed that Singh was a diabetic and high blood pressure patient and therefore remained on the stairs of the front door of the temple, while other family members entered inside the temple” , said the police officer.

The police officer added, “In the meantime, someone spread a rumor that a devotee had died due to an uncontrolled rush to the temple. This turned out to be false and whoever spreads the rumor will be dealt with.

The temple receives a huge influx of devotees on weekends and most of them come from the National Capital Region around Delhi. Vehicle entry is limited on weekends due to high traffic. One has to walk through narrow lanes to reach the temple and in recent times it has attracted devotees, politicians and other dignitaries as devotees.


    Hemendra Chaturvedi is based in Agra as a Senior Correspondent, covering Agra Districts and Aligarh Division in Western Uttar Pradesh. He has been with HT since 1992 and has completed 25 years of association with HT.
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