* Blaming the Madhya Pradesh government's "misgovernance" for the Ratangarh Temple stampede that left 115 people dead, Congress today demanded that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down. Read more.
* Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Kirti Azad on Monday accused Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh of always trying to play politics when disasters hit any part of the country. Read more.
* The death toll in the stampede during Navratri festivities near a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district today climbed to 115 with a number of people who had carried away the bodies of their relatives turning up for autops. Read more
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives of pilgrims who died in a stampede during religious festivities in Ratangarh, Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Singh extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the incident and asked the administration to provide medical assistance to the injured. “On this day of festivities, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he added
The stampede was triggered by rumours that the river bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse. “Some people spread a rumour that the bridge was falling. Their objective was to reach the temple quickly. They were unable to go due to a massive crowd. This led to the stampede,” said Deputy Inspector General Dilip Kumar Arya.
The Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered a judicial probe into the untoward incident in which more than 100 people were injured on the bridge over Sindh River near Ratangarh temple. Survivors alleged that some people spread the rumour that the bridge was on the verge of collapse, resulting in panic. “My mother is dead and six people from my village were also killed. People were leaving from both exits after worshipping the Goddess. Suddenly, police arrived. They began shouting that the bridge had broken and they charged the devotees with batons,” said Vipul Pathak, a man who lost his mother in the incident.