MP temple stampede: Toll at 112

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 05:03 hrs

Bhopal: The death toll in Sunday's temple stampede in Madhya Pradesh rose to 112 on Monday, said reports.
At least 17 children are among the dead. 

More than 100 others were injured in the stampede on Sunday morning at a Ratangarh temple in Datia district, officials said.

D K Arya, DIG, Chambal Range, said at least 5 lakh devotees visited the temple since morning for the Durga Puja festivities.

"Over 25,000 people were crossing the bridge when the stampede occurred," said Arya. Police denied that any lathicharge caused the tragedy.

He said a group of people from Uttar Pradesh had raised a panic saying the bridge was collapsing so that they could cross it quickly, triggering the stampede.

Many of the devotees visiting the temple on the eve of Dussehra died when the stampede occurred on the bridge over river Sindh.

Angry devotees meanwhile pelted stones at the police following the stampede alleging that they did not act on time to prevent the mishap, injuring at least six cops.

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