Elphinstone Road railway station stampede in Mumbai: As many as 22 people have lost their lives and over 50 injured in the stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai.
Elphinstone Road railway station stampede in Mumbai: As many as 22 people have lost their lives and over 50 injured in the stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai. The number of deceased may go up. The shocking incident happened when chaos reportedly broke out at the railway station after people had gathered on a foot over-bridge (FOB) to seek shelter from rain on Friday, reports say. “Due to sudden rain, people waited at the station. When rain stopped there was a chaos to go out, leading to the stampede,” A Saxena, DG PR, Railway told reporters. “Death of 22 people have been confirmed and 27 have been injured,” Saxena added.
Soon after the incident, senior railway officials rushed to the site to oversee relief work. According to AP, police believe the commuters started panicking when someone shouted that the foot-over bridge was collapsing and that there was a short circuit. People suddenly started pushing others and those in the middle of the stairs fell. A number of commuters got stuck when they tried to escape through the railing. Railway officials initially claimed the stampede happened due to overcrowding and heavy rainfall, not because of the bridge collapse. However, officials are further investigating into the incident.
ANI reported the National Disaster response Force also reached the spot for the relief work. “During heavy rains, due to stampede like situation on North Foot Over Bridge at Elphinstone Road station at about 10.30 am. 2/3 about 30 persons are reported injured. Accident Relief Medical Trn hs reached & medical assistance being provided to injured. Senior Railway officers have reached Elphinstone Road station FOB to monitor relief work,” Western Railway said in a series of tweets.
Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in #Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
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Earlier, Niket Kaushik,GRP Commissioner, had said that of the injured, 20 people have serious injuries, and the rest have minor injuries. In a video of the incident uploaded by multiple news channels, one can see that people were trying to get out of the station by climbing the railings of Parel bridge. Elphinstone Road is one of the most crowded railway stations of Mumbai. Meanwhile, Ajay Choudhary, Shiv Sena MLA has taken a dig at the government, saying, “Government not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains. Railway minister Piyush Goyal is also expected to visit the mishap site.