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Festive day mishap, at least 64 killed, more than 100 injured in Ratangarh temple stampede

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Mishap took place on the ninth day of Durga festival when the pilgrims gathered in numbers to celebrate the festival 

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Bhopal: The festive day of Dusshera turned the last day of celebration for more than 50 pilgrims who died today in the morning at Ratangarh temple here this morning. It is also reported that over 100 pilgrims have been injured and some of them are said to be ‘critical’.

It is reported that at least 64 pilgrims were killed in a stampede while others died of drowning after humping off a bridge near the temple. The cause of the tragedy is said to be the rumor spread among the pilgrims standing on the bridge over Sindh river, through which the pilgrims were heading to the temple for blessings.

It is reported that there were more than 50,000 pilgrims gathered to celebrate the Durga festival. Chambal region DIG DK Arya said, “The figure could be more than 50. We are yet to recover the bodies from the river.” The tragedy took place when the pilgrims were going to the Mandula temple for blessing on the ninth day of Durga festival. It is also reported that more than 35 pilgrims were washed away in 2006 when the water was released from Manikhed dam adjoing Shivpuri district.

Nandan Kumar Dubey told reporters that the causalities could be in two numbers and the police was waiting for the final reports.

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.

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