NEW DELHI, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least three persons were killed and more than 20 others were injured in a stampede which broke out during celebrations of a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian state of Bihar in the early hours of Wednesday, a senior police official said.
"The incident happened following rumors of a fire when hundreds of people were watching a dance show at a fair during the celebrations in the state's Banka district, which forced people to run haywire leading to the stampede. While three persons died on the spot, those injured have been admitted to a local hospital," he said, on condition of anonymity.
A fight also broke out between two groups of drunkards who were watching the vulgar dance performance shortly before the stampede broke out, said the official, adding all victims were local villagers.
Stampede takes place often in India, especially in crowded public sites during fairs, religious festivals and mass gatherings. Lack of enough police personnel for crowd control is also blamed for the frequent occurrences of stampede in the country.
More than 100 people were killed in a stampede on a bridge at a religious event last October in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.