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His first pilgrimage was his last

Staff Correspondent

KOLAR: For Manjunath (30) of Chokkandahalli in Malur taluk, a pilgrimage to Sabarimala was a long-cherished dream. His wish was finally realised this year.

But, unfortunately his first visit to the holy place also turned out to be his last.

Manjunath was killed in the stampede at Pulmedu near Sabarimala on Friday.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Manjunath, who was working at a petrol outlet in Malur town, had wanted to go to Sabarimala for several years.

However, his dream was realised only this year. He and his relative Chennappa were part of a 25-member group which left for Sabarimala.

“People were running helter-skelter. Even before I realised what was happening, Manjunath died in front of my eyes,” a sobbing Chennappa said.

Heart-rending scenes

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed when the body was brought to Chokkandahalli on Sunday. His relatives were inconsolable. Hundreds of people had gathered to pay their last respects.

The taluk administration gave Mnajunath's family Rs. 1,000 to conduct the last rites.

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