Scores killed at Bangladesh clothes handout stampede

Hundreds of people try to collect free clothes during Ramadan, causing stampede

Photo by: Still captured from TV footage
Photo by: Still captured from TV footage

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 22 people were killed in a stampede when hundreds of people tried to collect clothes distributed by a businessman for charity in Bangladesh. 30 others were injured during the incident in the town of Mymensingh, north of the capital Dhaka on Friday.

The stampede happened when hundreds of people rushed through a small factory gate to receive free clothes. Police detained seven people, including the owner of the factory.

Mymensingh police chief Moinul Haque told AFP that nearly 1,500 people had gathered outside early morning and tried to get in.

"Most of the dead are poor and emaciated women," he said, adding that the death toll is expected to rise.

Muslims perform “Zakat,” or an act of charity, especially in the holy month of Ramadan, and stampedes often happen during these charity handouts.

TRTWorld and agencies