Three devotees waiting in queue in Kancheepuram temple die of suffocation, cops deny charge

  • | Thursday | 18th July, 2019

By Express News ServiceCHENNAI: Three people, including two women, died while waiting in the queue to have 'darshan' of deity Athi Varadar in Varatharaja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram allegedly due to suffocation on Thursday afternoon. According to initial reports, six people standing in the queue for a long time fainted and were taken to the Chengalpattu government hospital. The Kancheepuram district administration and senior police officers denied that the deaths were due to suffocation and claimed that they died of prolonged illness and cardiac arrest. Since Thursday is an important day of the 40 days worship at Athi Varadar temple, people started arriving to the temple since the previous night and the queue stretched for over five kilometers. It can be noted that on July 3, two men died allegedly due to the highhandedness of the police.

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