Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tonight visited the civic-run KEM Hospital here where those injured in the deadly stampede at Elphinstone Road station footbridge have been admitted. Fadnavis, who returned to the city from a three-day tour of South Korea and Singapore this evening, met the injured persons and also spoke to the hospital authorities. “Not only Maharashtra but the whole country is in a shock over this tragic incident. Twenty-two people have died while 39 are still admitted in the hospital, out of which one person is critical,” Fadnavis said, speaking to reporters outside the hospital.
“The railway ministry has ordered a thorough probe into this incident. The guilty will be strictly punished. It is important to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future and hence an audit of all the bridges has been started by the railway ministry. All necessary work will be done on the war-footing,” he added. Fadnavis said he has also informed the railway ministry that the state government and the local administration will do whatever is needed on their part. “We will ensure such incidents are not repeated in future,” the chief minister said.