Congress leaders on Tuesday came down heavily on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and claimed that more people had died in the stampede at Ratangarh temple in Datia district than the official figure.

Addressing a rally in Neemuch, Union Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia said that he visited Ratangarh on Sunday and found that the number of victims was much more than the figure of 115 quoted by the state government.

“The death toll figure of 115 for the Ratangarh tragedy, which the State government is giving, is totally fake. I have been to Ratangarh and found that between 300 and 400 people have died there,” he claimed.

Mr. Scindia said the tragedy was not the first-of-its-kind in the State under the BJP rule.

“In 2006, a similar incident had taken place in Ratangarh and such tragedies have been witnessed in Sehore, Dewas and Ashoknagar districts,” he said.