NEW DELHI, March 4 (UPI) -- The collapse of a gate at a Hindu temple and religious retreat in India and a resulting stampede among the crowd Thursday killed dozens of people, police said.
The incident in the town of Kunda in the Pratapgarh district of northern Uttar Pradesh state, southeast of New Delhi, also injured dozens more, police said.
The Hindustan Times, quoting a government official, reported at least 50 people died in the stampede which occurred while a free lunch was being served. Other reports said clothing also was being given away.
The stampede began after the temporary structure or its main gate collapsed.
The Times of India, quoting authorities, put the death toll at 65 with 30 injured. The report said the stampede began after the temple's main gate collapsed.
The Press Trust of India estimated the crowd at about 10,000.
It was not clear what caused the gate to collapse.
Stampedes are not uncommon at Hindu temples in India which attract hundreds of thousands of devotees during festivals, religious observances or on special occasions.
In one of the worst such tragedies in recent times, more than 225 people died in October 2008 in a stampede at a 15th century temple in Jodhpur in western Rajasthan state. A wall collapse at the temple was blamed for starting the stampede.