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Dozens killed in stampede at Hindu festival in central India

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Dozens killed in stampede at Hindu festival in central India


More than 90 people are reported killed in a stampede among Hindu worshippers at a festival in central India.

Around 100 have been injured, with at least 10 said to be in a critical condition.

Police say it was caused by panic as rumours spread that a bridge which thousands of people were crossing was about to collapse.

Hundreds of thousands had already gathered in the area when the stampede happened near the remote Ratangarh temple in the district of Datia in Madhya Pradesh state.

According to some witnesses the situation was made worse by police who charged at the crowd during the panic, causing many people to jump off the bridge.

The authorities have denied that security measures were to blame.

The member of parliament for the region, Ashok Argal, said the cause was people being in a hurry and not cooperating with officials.

Getting treatment for the injured was difficult amid the dense crowds.

Around 20 doctors did manage to reach the scene, while hospitals in the area prepared for an influx of injured pilgrims.

Deadly stampedes are common at religious festivals in India.The past year has seen at least three, and hundreds of people have died in recent years.

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