• West Bengal: Stampede at Covid-19 vaccination centre, 25 reported injured

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    Kolkata: At least 25 were injured after hundreds of local residents tried to enter a covid-19 vaccination centre here in West Bengal, leading to a stampede, police said.

    Six persons who received serious injures, are currently undergoing treatment at Jalpaiguri Sadar hospital, authorities said.

    "As soon as the main gate of Dhupguri Health Centre was opened, several people tried to get inside the facility pushing each other. A stampede-like situation arose there. Several women were injured. We are probing the matter," the officer said.

    Locals claimed that hundreds of people had queued up outside the vaccination centre, with social distancing protocols going for a toss.

    Asked about what led to the stampede, the officer said, "We are probing the matter. According to a preliminary investigation, those who were in the queue tried to enter the centre in the apprehension of a shortage of vaccine doses."

    The inoculation programme at the facility has been stopped following the incident, he added.

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