At least 22 people died and more than 30 were seriously injured on Friday in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station. The injured have been admitted to KEM Hospital and other nearby hospitals.
An NDRF team has also reached the accident site. S. Jaykumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region), Mumbai informed that overcrowding at the station lead to stampede.
He further said, “Twenty-two bodies have been recovered so far, and 30 people are injured.” The stampede reportedly occurred at around 9.30 a.m. on foot over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.
Bridge to nowhere
HOW IT HAPPENED
10.15 : Commuters caught in heavy rain rush for cover
10.16 : Four trains arrive simultaneously
10.17 : Take shelter on narrow bridge drenched in rain
10.20 : Crowd swells on the overbridge that has a width of just 77 inches.
10.26 : A woman and a couple of others slip and fall on the bridge
10.30 : Stampede ensues, people fall off the railing
WIDTH OF THE FOOTBRIDGE
Just 77 Inches – just enough for four people to squeeze through. It is a British-era relic connecting Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations. Parel is no longer a mill land, it is a corporate hub.
BOOK FOR MURDER
This incident should be treated as a case of murder. An FIR under IPC section 302 (murder) should be lodged against railway officials -- Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil
This incident is a public massacre for which the government and railways are responsible. We have time and again demanded that the old and dilapidated foot overbridges be re-developed but no action has been taken yet — Sena MP Sanjay Raut
COST OF EACH HUMAN LIFE
Rs 5 lakh from State Govt and
Rs 5 lakh from the railways for the deceased; Grievously injured to
get Rs 1 lakh, those with injuries to get Rs 50,000
AUDIT OF BRIDGES
Wherever there is need for foot over bridges to be widened, we will do it immediately on high priority, Minister Piyush Goyal has said. Has issued directions for safety and capacity audit of foot over bridges.
A Twitter user had posted a video some half-an hour prior to the incident showing how rainwater was pouring on the stairs at Elphinstone Road station due to poor maintenance. A woman standing in the front row had slipped on the rain-drenched stairs. Three to four others commuters also slipped and it then led to a pandemonium. This was how the stampede started.
This is the same stretch where renowned cardiologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar had drowned in an open manhole late last month.