Kochi Concert Stampede: Four Tragically Killed During Nikhita Gandhi's Performance

Kochi Concert Stampede: Four Tragically Killed During Nikhita Gandhi's Performance

Kochi - In a tragic incident at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), four students lost their lives, and more than 60 others suffered injuries in a stampede during a concert by singer Nikhita Gandhi. The campus's open-air auditorium turned into a scene of sorrow during the university's annual function.

Health Minister Veena George confirmed the fatalities, revealing that the bodies of two young men and two young women were found at Kalamassery Medical College. The injured were promptly transported to Kalamassery Medical College Hospital and other medical facilities, with arrangements made for their treatment.

The unfortunate events transpired as students gathered to enjoy Nikita Gandhi’s performance within the university campus. The concert faced disruption due to sudden rain, prompting attendees to scramble for shelter. Chaos ensued, resulting in a stampede that caused numerous injuries and the tragic loss of four lives.

Eyewitnesses recounted that the stampede occurred as spectators, including local residents, sought refuge from the rain. While initial reports suggested that only ticket holders were permitted entry, the situation escalated when rain forced a sudden rush toward the stage.

In response to the calamity, State Health Minister Veena George disclosed that four additional students are in critical condition. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed sorrow over the students' deaths and called for an emergency meeting to address the situation. Cultural and art programs scheduled in connection with the ongoing Nav Kerala Sadas program in the northern district have been canceled, and ministers have been instructed to coordinate relief efforts on the campus.

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