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A deadly mistake in India.

At least 115 people wee trampled to death in central India ....after panic erupted as crowds were crossing a bridge as pilgrims were gathering to mark the end of a Hindu holy festival.

Many were crushed by the crowd. Others drowned when they fell or jumped into the a river amid the panic

Police say it started with a rumor although investigations continue.

(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL (DIG) OF MADHYA PRADESH POLICE, DATIA RANGE, DILIP ARYA, SAYING:

"This all happened because of a rumor. At 8:30 in the morning some people on the bridge spread a rumor that the bridge was falling. This this is a new bridge, it is strong .. it was just a rumor. But people were frightened and started running and that caused the stampede."

In the aftermath a chorus of grief as people mourn the loss of loved ones.

Some sit with those they lost for the very last time.

The search for survivors has been called off.