Death toll in India temple stampede rises to 115
October 15, 2013 -- Updated 0514 GMT (1314 HKT)
- 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.
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