At Least 89 Killed in Stampede at Indian Temple

BHOPAL, India (Reuters) -

A stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in central India on Sunday killed at least 89 people and injured more than 100, police said.

Nearly 150,000 devotees gathered to celebrate a festival at the Ratangarh temple, in a forest outside the town of Datia, 240 miles north of the Madhya Pradesh state capital, Bhopal.

Pilgrims panicked when the railings broke on a bridge that led to the temple, triggering the stampede. Some were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, others drowned after falling or jumping into the river Sindh.

“The death toll has shot up to 89 now and nearly 100 people are injured,” Dilip Arya, a deputy inspector general of police, told Reuters.