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MP temple stampede toll rises to 109; over 100 hurt

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Datia:At least 109 people were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede during Navratri festivities at a temple in Madhya Pradeshs Datia district triggered by rumours that a river bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse.

The State government ordered a judicial inquiry into the mishap which was a shocking re-run of the tragedy at the same site in 2006 when 50 pilgrims were washed away.

Datia district Chief Medical Officer(CMO) R S Gupta said autopsies on 109 bodies were conducted till late tonight.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Chambal Range, D.K. Arya told while noting that the death toll could go up said over 100 people were also injured.

Unconfirmed reports said that the stampede took place as some people were trying to jump the queue and police used batons to control them.

The irate crowd, protesting over the incident, pelted stones and clashed with the cops following which police used lathi charge to disperse them.

Amid the chaos, police and local volunteers had a tough time to bring the situation under control.

A sub-divisional police officer suffered serious injuries after being hit by stones, the DIG said, adding that some other policemen were also injured.

Later the situation has been brought under control.The State government, with the approval of the State Election Commission in poll-bound MP, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1.5 lakh to the kin of those killed in the stampede.

The government also announced an assistance of Rs. 50,000 each to the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 each for those who suffered minor injuries in the mishap.

Over 50 Killed in stampede at Madhya Pradesh temple

Datia: At least 50 people were feared killed in a stampede on Sunday morning at Ratangarh temple in Datia, police said.

The stampede apparently occurred after police resorted to a mild lathi charge to control the crowd at the Ratangarh temple, 60 km from Datia in Madhya Pradesh.

A large number of devotees had gathered at the temple for Durga Puja festivities on Sunday.

As the stampede occurred, over 100 people ran towards a bridge across Sindh river. Some of the devotees are feared to have fallen into the river and are untraceable so far, police said.

Madhya Pradesh government, with the approval of the State Election Commission, announced an ex—gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the kin of those killed in the stampede.

The government also announced an assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured persons and Rs 25,000 each to those who suffered minor injuries in the mishap.

State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the tragedy

 

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