December 16 2017

Mumbai police probe reports of theft, molestation after stampede on Elphinstone bridge

December 16 2017, 03:08 | Van Peters

Mumbai stampede

Mumbai stampede

Piyush Goyal was at the BMC-run KEM Hospital, where the bodies of the deceased who were killed in the tragedy were brought along with the injured who were brought there for treatment. He had alighted from a train at Parel when it began to rain and he might have taken shelter on the bridge when he became a part of the stampede.

Mumbai: Commuters have been alerting Indian Railways about the Parel-Elphinstone Road foot-over-bridge (FOB) since previous year, but the warnings were ignored completely.

"They didn't pay heed to my warning that the FOB may give in as it was overcrowded and waited there for the rain to subside", he said.

The crush occurred on a pedestrian bridge between two railway stations.

Railways has ordered a high level inquiry into Mumbai's Elphinston road suburban station footover bridge stampede this morning killing 22 people and injuring over 30.

The stampede was triggered by falling concrete that hit the bridge railing, leading people in the crowd to surge forward to escape as they thought the bridge was collapsing, Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said. "Local rail administration has to take up the responsibility of execution", said another official, according to a TOI report.

Video of the chaotic scene shows crowds desperately trying to make their way through the cluttered stairwells.even climbing over railings and stairways to keep from being crushed! "Prayers with those who are injured". Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked his men to be on ground rather than sitting inside their cushy office rooms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Tweet that the Mumbai events were being monitored with the railways minister in Mumbai and ensuring all assistance was being given.

Angry commuters and residents said the bridge is too old and narrow and not strong enough to take the busy sector.

After chairing a meeting of top railway department officials, Goyal said, "Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations".

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