Madhya Pradesh temple stampede: A blame-game (in pics)

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Datia, Oct 14: As the death toll in the stampede near a famous Madhya Pradesh temple rose to 115, Congress has demanded that the BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down as Chief Minister of the election-bound state.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has alleged that the police took bribes to let vehicles the bridge where the stampede took place. "Reason for Ratangarh Mata disaster? Police was charging Rs. 200 from each tractor and allowing in no traffic zone. Good Governance in MP?" he tweeted.

The party has blamed the state's police and the administration for the stampede, triggered by the rumour that a bridge across the Sindh river, which devotees were crossing to reach the famous Ratangarh temple in Datia, was about to collapse.

A scene after a stampede at the Sindh river bridge

A scene after a stampede at the Sindh river bridge through which pilgrims were heading towards the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

Stampede in Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh

A scene after a stampede at the Sindh river bridge through which pilgrims were heading towards the Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh

People gather near the bridge on the Sind River

People gather near the bridge on the Sind River leading to the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, after the stampede on Sunday morning.

Scene after a stampede at the Sind River

A scene after a stampede at the Sind River bridge through which pilgrims were heading towards the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.

Pilgrims heading towards the Ratangarh temple

Pilgrims heading towards the Ratangarh temple through the Sind River bridge where a stamede took place, in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday morning.

A scene after stampede

A scene after a stampede at the Sindhu River bridge through which pilgrims were heading towards the Ratangarh temple.

With agency inputs

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