1. Elphinstone stampede: PIL filed in Bombay High Court to book railway officials

Elphinstone stampede: PIL filed in Bombay High Court to book railway officials

A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking that railway officials be booked for negligence and culpable homicide in connection with the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station in which 22 people were killed.

By: | Published: September 30, 2017 12:11 PM
The petition has sought an inquiry into the incident, urging the high court to supervise the matter and issue appropriate directions. (IE)

A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking that railway officials be booked for negligence and culpable homicide in connection with the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station in which 22 people were killed. The public interest litigation (PIL) was submitted yesterday to the high court registry by city resident Pradeep Bhalekar. “The petition has been submitted to the registry. We will mention it on October 3,” Bhalekar’s advocate Nitin Satpute said.

The petition has sought an inquiry into the incident, urging the high court to supervise the matter and issue appropriate directions. The PIL alleged the issue of the Elphinstone Road bridge being too narrow had been raised by citizens time and again but the government and the railways failed to take action. “This is complete negligence on part of the railways. A case under section 304 (II) of the IPC for culpable homicide needs to be registered against the railway officials concerned,” the petition said.

The plea also sought measures to be undertaken to ensure safety of commuters. “The railways has to be also directed to take action against illegal hawkers and encroachers on foot overbridges (FoB) to reduce crowding,” the PIL said.

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  1. Anil Doshi
    Sep 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm
    It is very unfortunate that 22 innocent passengers lost their lives due to stampede on Elphinston Road Station. Urgent corrective action by the railways is required to initiate and complete the widening of the bridge. Normally, Railways and other Govt Depts forget need for urgent corrective action ,after a few days of mishap. In order that such a thing does not repeat in this case also, a firm commitment for completion of the widening of the bridge is required. Hope Railways will make a sincere beginning by committing the completion date. A C Doshi
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    1. Rahul Kumar
      Sep 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm
      Illegal hawkers are everywhere..on all stations..they r a mennace..if the law doesnt permit them they should be chased away immediately..population control is the solution for every problem
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