Just before it collapsed on Sunday night in Morby, Gujarat, people were deliberately shaking it. At least 130 people were killed after the bridge plunged into the river.
A CCTV video showed a man frantically shaking cables on either side as the bridge collapsed at around 6.32pm.
Video showed the bridge crowded with people, some taking pictures with their cellphones, and some trying to shake the bridge. Within seconds, metal cables snapped, bridges collapsed and people poured into the Machu River. Sidewalks and a fence collapsed, leaving one side vacant.
Witnesses said people fell over each other.
More video taken later showed people hanging from the wreckage of the bridge while some swam to safety.
There are about 500 people on the bridge, but only about 125 people are needed.
Morby’s ruling BJP MP Jayrajsinh Jadeja said on Sunday that 400 to 500 tickets were issued, leading to overcrowding and collapse.
After seven months of repair and maintenance work, the 150-year-old bridge opened to the public on October 26. The bridge has been reopened ahead of schedule, according to an agreement between Morby Municipality and Ajanta Makers, a private company hired to maintain the bridge.
The contract calls for the bridge to be closed for maintenance for eight to 12 months before opening.
Sandeepsinh Zala, chief executive of Morbi city government, said Oreva had not informed authorities about reopening the bridge and had not obtained a fitness certificate to do so.