Local media reports said on Monday the death toll in a pedestrian bridge collapse in the western Indian state of Gujarat has risen to 141, while about 177 people have been rescued.
Footage of the pedestrian suspension bridge captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) ahead of its horrific collapse showed some young men had been deliberately shaking it. Another video shows youngsters kicking the cables with their feet and thumping the bridge with their feet to cause it to sway.
The CCTV footage aired by some news channels showed a group of young men taking photos with their mobile phones while others tried to sway it following which the cables holding it suddenly get snapped and people on it were tumbled into the river.
Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi told reporters that 132 people were confirmed dead and many were admitted to hospitals in critical condition. However, local media outlets put the death toll at 141 including 47 children.
The cause of the bridge collapse was not immediately known, but local authorities suggested overcrowding as the reason. Reports said around 500 people, much beyond its capacity, were on the bridge at the time.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bridge when it collapsed, but survivors said it was so densely packed that the crowd was unable to move to safety when the cable strings began to snap.
The bridge is said to have been built in 1877. It is a popular tourist attraction in the area. It was shut for renovation for seven months and was thrown open for the public on Oct. 26.
Police in Gujarat said they had detained nine people after registering a criminal case. The nine include two managers, two ticket clerks, two contractors and three security guards.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in his home state of Gujarat on a three-day visit, said he was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.