Outrage in India as temple stampede toll rises to 109
RATANGARH, India (AFP) - The death toll from a stampede among Hindu pilgrims in India rose to 109 on Monday as outrage mounted over safety at the festival which was also the scene of a similar tragedy seven years ago.
Rescue workers toiled through the night to recover the bodies from a bridge in the town of Ratangarh and from the water below where many people leapt to their death in a bid to avoid the crush.
“The latest information we have from the ground is that 109 people (were) killed and 133 injured,” Anand Mishra, an officer in the local police control room, told AFP in an updated bulletin on Sunday’s tragedy.
“We recovered the bodies from the river and from where they were crushed to the death,” said Mishra, speaking by phone from the nearby city of Datia in the state of Madhya Pradesh.