A stampede at Mumbai train station has left at least 22 people killed and 30 injured, confirmed the railway authorities. The incident took place at overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.
The cause of the stampede which happened at 10.45 a.m. was being probed. Meanwhile, news agency AP reported that police said the stampede was triggered by a rumour that a pedestrian overpass collapsed after concrete chunks fell.
Chaos prevailed as people surged forward to leave the bridge. Emergency relief and medical teams were rushed to the station.
According to a railway spokesperson, four trains arrived at the same time and due to the rain, a few women commuters slipped, which triggered chaos in the surging crowd.
“We are still inquiring into the exact reasons. It happened on the narrow staircase. All the injured were rushed to the nearest hospitals,” police officer Niket Kaushik was quoted by NDTV.
Shiv Sena MLA, Ajay Choudhary, said that the government was incapable of providing basic facilities to passengers but dreamt of bullet trains.
As condolences came in from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials started looking into the reasons for the tragedy
“The FOB of Elphinstone station was overcrowded and due to rain it got slippery too. This caused panic and resulted in the stampede,” said Atul Shrivastav, inspector general of the Railway Protection Force
“Due to sudden rain, people waited at the station. When the rain stopped, there was chaos as people rushed out,” added railways spokesperson Anil Saxena
Police also suspect that a short-circuit with a loud sound near the FOB led to panic and people started running, resulting in the stampede
Eight women and a young boy were amongst those killed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management cell chief Mahesh Narvekar said, adding that five of the injured were critical
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who reached Mumbai this morning, cancelled his programme to inaugurate 100 additional suburban services in Mumbai and announced a high-level inquiry
“Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored
@PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance,” Modi said in a tweet
Elphinstone station gets very crowded during the peak hours as office goers make their way to Parel area through this footover bridge. Both Elphinstone and Parel are among Mumbai’s busiest stations. The area has a large number of offices in the vicinity with most TV channels also being in Lower Parel area.