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Stampede Near Temple in India Kills 115

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Officials in central India have ordered a judicial inquiry into what caused the stampede on a bridge in Madhya Pradesh state that killed at least 115 people.

Witnesses say pilgrims panicked and began to stampede after some railings on the bridge broke, spurring rumors the bridge would collapse.

Some devotees were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, while others drowned after falling or jumping into the Sindh River.

Local media said as many as 500,000 devotees had gathered to celebrate the popular 10-day Navaratra festival at the remote Ratangarh temple. Many were already inside when the stampede took place.

Witnesses said the situation was made worse by police attempting to control the crowd with batons.

India has a long history of deadly stampedes at religious festivals.

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