Bhopal:: More than 50 people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at Ratangarh Temple in Datia district on Sunday, said police officials.
Many people are feared to have fallen in Sindh river and their whereabouts are unknown.
The incident happened when the pilgrims were crossing the Sindh river bridge to attend a religious ritual on the last day of Navaratra festival at Mandula Devi temple.
Police also resorted to mild lathicharge to control when the crowd started pelting stones at the cops.
Sub divisional officer was seriously injured after being hit by the stones. Thousands of people have thronged the temple during the Navaratras this year.
While rescue operations are on, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has appealed to the people to remain calm.He has also ordered a judicial probe into the incident.
Madhya Pradesh government has also announced an assistance of Rs 50, 000 each to those who were seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each to those with minor injuries.
Furthermore, ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh has been approved by the State Election Commission for the relatives of those who have been killed in the stampede.
Similar stampede incident had occurred at the same place five years back. Moreover, on October 20, 2012, three women were killed and 35 others were injured in a stampede at the Salkanpur Devi Temple in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.