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After a bridge in Gujarat's Morbi collapsed on October 30, at least 132 people have died. Teams are looking for numerous other missing people in addition to the 177 who have already been saved. With the bridge collapse in election season politics has overtaken the discourse around the accountability and reason behind the bridge collapse. Opposition is now seeking answers from the state government, however, a section is questioning whether the collapse of the British-era bridge is a conspiracy.

The Machchhu River Bridge had been closed for maintenance for seven months. The day after the Gujarati New Year, on October 26, it was reopened to the public. The bridge collapsed, causing people to fall on top of one another. While some were spotted swimming to safety, videos showed numerous people helplessly clinging to the bridge's wreckage.

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Gujarat government has initiated an investigation into the bridge collapse. A five-person special investigation committee has been established to investigate the incident, considering the British era bridge broke days after reopening.

Rahul Tripathi, Morbi SP has confirmed detention of a couple of people from the management for questioning and Gujarat Police has filed FIR against bridge maintenance agency for 'culpable homicide'

‘It is a sad incident. Many people have died. It was an old bridge which was repaired recently. Govt should look into it,’ Bihar CM Nitish Kumar stated.

‘As I said BJP favoured Contractor’s “Act of Fraud". Why no action is taken on Officers who are responsible of Quality Control?’ Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who visited the site stated.

Death of over hundred people in bridge collapse has sparked outrage with many seeking CM's resignation and probe into how was the bridge open for public without due diligence and crowding allowed with no security mechanism in place.

However, amid calls for accountability a video allegedly showing minutes before the accident has gone viral, apparently showing people trying to damage the bridge. The same is being used to create a narrative that the accident was a sabotage. They allege, perpetrators are to be blamed for creating “resonance", which is “basic physics that if concerted vibration is applied at multiple points on any bridge such as wavelength of those vibrations matches wavelength of bridge, the force magnifies (sic)". His views have been

There are others who questioned the reliability of the video, not because it was fake, but due to the fact that it was an old one. “Talking of physics is fine, but needs little common sense that this video is about 4 years old (sic)," wrote one user.

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In view of the Gujarat Elections in December, some users accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of planning the conspiracy. Some shared screenshots of certain pro-AAP tweets that claimed that there would be a “dhamaka" in Gujarat on October 30. PM Modi is presently on a Gujarat visit. Despite being pained by the incident, Modi said he would continue his election campaign to follow the “path of duty".

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay

Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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