NEW DELHI — Thousands of pilgrims in northern India panicked Sunday when they thought the narrow bridge they were crossing was collapsing, Indian officials said. The resulting stampede left at least 89 people dead and about a hundred more injured.
About a half-million worshippers, by Indian news media estimates, had flocked to the Ratangarh Temple in northern Madhya Pradesh state for a religious festival.
A top state official, Anthony J.C. De Sa, told The Hindu, a daily newspaper, that about 25,000 people were on the bridge over the Sindh River, which is 23 feet wide, on Sunday when a section of the bridge’s railing broke, setting off a rumor that the whole bridge was about to give way. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.