Mumbai: Elphinstone Railway station stampede killed 22 people
A stampede on the foot over bridge of Elphinstone Railway station in Mumbai killed 22 people and injured 40 to 45 people. There was a huge crowd on the bridge too. The incident is around 11 o’clock in the morning. The injured have been admitted to KEM Hospital.
The president Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the incident. Those who died in this accident will get a compensation of 10 lakh rupees. 5 lakhs will be given by the state government and Rs. 5 lakhs on behalf of the railways. The compensation received from the Railways has been announced by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Apart from this, the Railway Minister has announced to give Rs. 1 lakh to the seriously injured and Rs. 50 thousand to the minorly injured persons.
After reaching Mumbai railway minister Piyush Goyal expressed deep condolences to the people killed in the stampede and ordered a high-level inquiry of the accident.
At the same time, Minister of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawde has talked about the financial assistance of five lakh rupees to the families of those were killed in the accident. The State Government has announced the full expenditure for the treatment of the injured.
Helpline number has been issued from KEM Hospital. 022-24107000 | 24136051 | 24107020 | 24131419.
In addition, the disaster management, fire brigade team also came to the rescue the people. It is being told that due to the rumor of the bridge collapses, the people started running and the accident has become even bigger due to slippery on the bridge. After the stampede, many women became unconscious.
These reasons for the accident are being reported-
There was rumor spreading about the short circuit between heavy rains. Investigators of the accident said that due to rumor, mischief erupted and people suddenly ran away, People were standing on the bridge to avoid the rain.
Due to the holiday on Friday the crowd was more at the station and people were present in much larger number at the stations. Because of this, the accident has become quite big.
People immediately engaged in relief work
People present at the spot told that the people gathered immediately in the relief and rescue operation after the incident happened at 10:30 in the morning. People started helping each other until police and hospital facilities reached them. A Thakkar, a passenger present at the scene, said “We picked them up and took them to the vehicles.:
Demand to repair the bridge
Following the accident on Friday, the finger is on the railway administration. Earlier also demand has been made to improve the crispy condition of Footover Bridge at Elphinstone Road Station.
It is said that 200 to 250 people pass through the bridge every minute. Earlier, the bridge was warned that it could be a victim of a major accident. But this was not given due attention from the administration.
On this case, the police say that the incident is under investigation. Meanwhile, the Western Railway has said that the medical team has reached the spot and assistance is provided to the injured. Senior officials are monitoring the relief and rescue work at the station.