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  • Mumbai: Vada Pav seller to donate day’s earnings to stampede victim’s kin

    Mumbai: Mangesh Ahibale, (40) a ‘vada pav’ seller outside Elphinstone Road Station has found an unique and interesting way to rope in Mumbaikars for a good cause. Ahibale has decided to put up a ‘vada pav’ counter on October 14 and collect money for a family of a person who died in the horrific stampede at Elphinstone Road bridge.

  • Mumbai stampede: Vada pav seller to donate day’s earnings to family of deceased

    Mangesh Ahiwale, who sells vada pav outside the Elphinstone Road railway station on the Western Railway, wants to help one of the victims of the Stampede on September 29. Ahiwale isn’t very well to do either but out of kindness, he is going to go all out and help the deceased. Mangesh sells vada pav under the name Aapla vada pav and when others sell it for INR 14-15,

  • Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena seeks action against hawkers

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Wednesday met civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters on Wednesday and demanded action against illegal hawkers obstructing the pathways and making it difficult for pedestrians to walk on the road. He further suggested to start a WhatsApp number for people to complain about the inconveniences suffered due to the hawking.

  • Mumbai stampede: Railways blame death of 23 souls at Elphinstone Road on ‘Rain God’

    Mumbai: The entire city was in a tizzy as it witnessed commuters falling like nine pins from the Elphinstone Road foot overbridge, even as others were crushed in a stampede or died due to shock and suffocation. The consensus in the public domain was that the Railways need to look within and put more efficient systems and processes in place. The report of the Chief Safety Officer of the Western Railways could

  • Mumbai: KEM forensic head seeks police security, fearing attack from Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: The KEM hospital forensic head, Dr Harish Pathak has written to the Mumbai Police Commissioner demanding police security over fear of physical assault by Shiv Sena members. This comes after six Shiv Sainiks had attacked Dr Pathak over the handling of dead bodies regarding the Elphinstone stampede.

  • Mumbai Stampede: Bombay High Court pulled up activists for turning ‘blind eye’ to narrow FOB

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday came down heavily on the ‘so-called’ activists who approached the court after the horrific stampede incident at city’s Elphinstone Road station.  The HC was of the view that instead of turning a ‘blind eye’ to the narrow foot overbridge (FOB), the activists must have had approached the court much prior to the incident.

  • Mumbai: RPF seeks additional 400 personnel to manage peak hour rush

    Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of western railway has sought for an additional 400 personnel, citing staff crunch to manage peak hour crowd. The move comes two days after the incident of stampede at Elphinstone Road bridge which killed 23 persons.

  • Mumbai: Lone RPF jawan on over bridge on day of Elphinstone Road stampede

    Mumbai: The footage of Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) on the Elphinstone overbridge showed that there was only one RPF personnel on duty on the day of the horrific stampede. The RPF personnel has been identified as S Chennar and he was deployed on the bridge the same day.

  • Mumbai: Raj Thackeray’s rally over Elphinstone stampede, protest or just a political stunt?

    The master of comebacks, Raj Thackeray, has once again made a return, this time hitting out hard at newly friend-turned-foe Narendra Modi. On Wednesday, Raj Thackeray led a protest, ‘santap morcha’, from Metro Theatre to Churchgate station against railway administration, for the unfortunate event of Elphinstone stampede.

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    Raj Thackeray uses Elphinstone stampede to gain political mileage

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which was politically routed during the 2014 Lok Sabha and state assembly polls, has tried to re-establish the base of his party using the unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone railway station. Raj Thackeray, president of MNS organised an ‘santap rally’ (anger) against railway administration. However, instead of venting anger against the railways, Thackeray targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has tried to incite the those who are simmering

  • Mumbai stampede: Dad of stampede survivor seeks government job for son who lost his legs

    Mumbai: “Please get him a government job,” pleaded Ankush Parab, father of 19-year-old Elphinstone Bridge survivor Aakash. After losing his younger son Rohit in the stampede, Ankush said that his older son has undergone a bone reconstruction surgery which has left him with a permanent rod and thirteen screws restricting his movements.

  • Mumbai stampede: RPF presence increases 6 days after mishap at foot over bridge at Elphinstone

    Mumbai: After the Elphinstone Bridge stampede claimed the lives of at least 23 persons the focus has been on increasing the presence of Railway Protection Staff (RPF) on the crowded foot overbridge at Elphinstone. When Free Press Journal reporter visited the spot, on Tuesday, at least six RPF staffers from Dadar were posted at the exit point and the main bridge.

  • Bombay High Court asks petitioner to implead NIA in Elphinstone stampede PIL

    Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) would now be impleaded as a respondent in the criminal Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that has sought a thorough probe by the central agency in the Elphinstone road stampede incident. This comes after the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the petitioners to implead NIA as a respondent. A division bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Sandeep Shinde also asked the petitioner Faisal Banaraswala to

  • Mumbai: Western Railway may delay renaming of Elphinstone station in aftermath of stampede

    Mumbai: Indian Railways, which has been facing flak from all quarters regarding derailments, and the most recent case of Elphinstone stampede has decided to do a course correction. Now, Western Railway (WR) authorities are likely to delay the official renaming of Elphinstone Road station to Prabhadevi in the wake of last week’s stampede at the station. Twenty-three persons died in the stampede that shook the city on September 29.