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Death Toll From Indian Stampede Rises


People walk past bodies of some of those killed in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in the Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on October 13 after rumors of a bridge collapse set off panic.

People walk past bodies of some of those killed in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in the Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on October 13 after rumors of a bridge collapse set off panic.

An Indian official says the death toll from a stampede near a temple in central India has risen to 109 after many victims succumbed to their injuries.

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims were crossing a bridge leading to a temple in Madhya Pradesh state on October 13 when they panicked at rumors the bridge would collapse.

The district medical officer, R.S. Gupta, said a day later that autopsies had been carried out on 109 bodies.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees had thronged the remote Ratangarh village temple to honor the Hindu mother goddess Durga on the last day of the popular 10-day Navaratra festival.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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