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'Shock and deep anguish' over India temple stampede

Sonia Gandhi, the leader of India's ruling Congress Party, has expressed "shock and deep anguish" after a crowd crossing a bridge to a temple stampeded, killing 89 people.

People by the river bank after the stampede. Credit: Reuters TV

Local media said some 500,000 people had gone to the remote Ratangarh village temple in the Madhya Pradesh district of Datia to honor the Hindu mother goddess Durga on the last day of the popular 10-day Navaratra festival.

The state has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.

'89 dead after rumours of bridge collapse' caused crush

Eighty-nine people, including 31 women and 17 children are believed to have been killed when a crowd stampeded during a festival at a temple in India, according to local media.

89 people are believed to have been killed in the stampede. Credit: APTN

The Hindu reports that the crush happened after rumours spread that a bridge that the devotees were crossing was about to collapse.

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'50 dead after temple stampede' in India

At least 50 people are feared to have been killed after a crowd stampeded at a temple in central India according to newspaper the Hindu.

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

As the stampede occurred, over 100 people ran towards a bridge across Sindh river where some are believed to have fallen in police told the paper.