Death toll in Madhya Pradesh rises to 139

In Madhya Pradesh, death toll in a stampede during Navratri festival near a temple in Datia district has risen to139. More than 200 people were injured in the incident on the bridge over Sindh river near Ratangarh temple. Injured have been admitted in District Hospitals of Datiya & Gwalior. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) D K Arya said the police has identified 115 persons and the dead bodies have been handed over to their relatives.


The state government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the mishap, which was a shocking re-run of the tragedy at the same site in 2006 when over 56 pilgrims were washed away after water was released in the Sindh River. After the 2006 tragedy, the state government had constructed a bridge over the river but mishap took place on it allegedly due to poor mismanagement of the crowd that gathered in lakhs from the nearby districts and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.