NEW DELHI:-At least seven pilgrims were killed after a storm caused a tent to collapse onto devotees at the Kumbh Mela mass religious gathering in central India, triggering a small stampede, police said Thursday. Forty others were injured when the makeshift tent caved in following strong winds at one of the sites of the Kumbh, a pilgrimage that draws millions over four weeks to participate in a sacred bathing ritual. “We have recovered seven bodies and 40 people are injured,” Rakesh Gupta, a senior regional police officer in Madhya Pradesh state, told AFP, adding that emergency workers in Ujjain district took the injured to hospital.–AFP

The officer said the tent’s collapse triggered a minor stampede but could not confirm whether any of the deaths were caused by the crush. Fatal stampedes at religious gathering are common in India.

India’s premier offered his condolences to the families of the victims on Twitter.