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Death toll in India temple stampede rises to 115

From Joseph Netto, CNN
October 15, 2013 -- Updated 0514 GMT (1314 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say a rumor that a bridge was collapsing sparked the stampede
  • Many people jumped off the bridge into the river, a police inspector says

(CNN) -- The death toll in a weekend stampede outside a temple in central India has risen to 115, authorities said Tuesday.

The stampede happened Sunday on a bridge over the Sindh River in Ratangarh, where pilgrims were headed to a temple for a Hindu festival.

A rumor that the bridge was about to collapse caused panicked people to stampede, police told CNN sister network CNN-IBN. About 25,000 people were on the bridge at the time, said D.K. Arya, a local deputy police inspector.

Many people jumped off the bridge into the river, Arya said.

Ratangarh is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

In 2011: At least 16 killed in stampede at religious festival in India

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