MP stampede: Police threw dead into river to "reduce" dead count?

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MP stampede: Police threw dead in river?
Datia (MP), Oct 15: After hundreds of people were killed in a temple stampede, a senior Madhya Pradesh police officer flatly denied allegations made by survivors of the temple that cops threw dead and injured persons off the bridge after the stampede that killed more than 115 people on Sunday.

Survivors of the stampede narrated the incident to HT on Monday, giving details of the heinous crime. Some of them said the policemen were indulging in the heinous act in a bid to reduce the headcount of the dead.

Chambal DIG DK Arya, who said he reached the spot three hours after the stampede, dismissed the charges as absurd and baseless. "I condemn such allegations. Police personnel also happen to be sons, brothers and fathers," he said. "There might have been some lapses but police personnel can never indulge in such inhuman and despicable acts of throwing dead bodies into a river," he added.

Survivors say act was in a bid to reduce the headcount of the dead

State police chief Nandan Dubey, however, was non-committal. "Since a judicial commission has been instituted, it would look into all aspects of the tragedy," he said.

Survivor Geeta Mishra, 55, from ward no. 13 of Bhind district's Daboh town said again on Monday that she saw policemen throwing the dead and the injured into the Sindh river from the bridge on which the stampede took place in Ratangarh in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.

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