The accident took place during a music concert by Nikhita Gandhi that was held in the open-air auditorium on the campus of CUSAT University.
Health Minister of Kerala, Veena George, has informed that a chaotic situation occurred during the Nikhita Gandhi program at Cochin’s CUSAT University, resulting in the tragic death of four students and injuries to many others.
According to initial reports, students inside the Cochin University campus were enjoying a live music performance by the renowned singer Nikhita Gandhi, which was suddenly disrupted by heavy rain. This led the audience to run for shelter in different directions.
Amidst heavy rain, when students were rushing towards safer areas, a stampede ensued, causing injuries to several students. As per Health Minister Veena George, four students, including two boys and two girls, lost their lives, while more than 60 others are undergoing treatment at Kalamassery Medical College Hospital and some other hospitals.
George mentioned that the condition of four other students is critical.
An eyewitness informed the media, “Entry to the program was restricted for ticket holders. However, during the music program, many local residents were also outside the auditorium.”
The eyewitness shared that when the sudden rain started, all the spectators rushed towards the stage, where there was some shelter.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan convened an emergency meeting at a government guest house in Kozhikode to express condolences over the students’ deaths.
Vijayan, who chaired the meeting, later announced the cancellation of all scheduled cultural and arts programs related to the ongoing Navakerala Sada program in the northern district on Sunday.
He appointed ministers P Rajeev and R Bindu to coordinate various measures and instructed them to visit the Kalamassery campus.
In a statement, the CM directed ensuring the proper treatment of all the injured and assured that George would coordinate the steps in this regard.
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