Death toll in India stampede rises to 115, search called off
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 01:07
Oct. 14 - A stampede at a temple in central India killed at least 115 people, as search ends for more victims. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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A deadly mistake in India.
At least 115 people wee trampled to death in central India ....after panic erupted as crowds were crossing a bridge as pilgrims were gathering to mark the end of a Hindu holy festival.
Many were crushed by the crowd. Others drowned when they fell or jumped into the a river amid the panic
Police say it started with a rumor although investigations continue.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL (DIG) OF MADHYA PRADESH POLICE, DATIA RANGE, DILIP ARYA, SAYING:
"This all happened because of a rumor. At 8:30 in the morning some people on the bridge spread a rumor that the bridge was falling. This this is a new bridge, it is strong .. it was just a rumor. But people were frightened and started running and that caused the stampede."
In the aftermath a chorus of grief as people mourn the loss of loved ones.
Some sit with those they lost for the very last time.
The search for survivors has been called off.
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