Elphinstone Station-Parel Stampede as it happened: 22 dead, 32 injured in Dussehra-eve tragedy; politicos merely pass the buck

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Elphinstone Station-Parel Stampede as it happened: 22 dead, 32 injured in Dussehra-eve tragedy; politicos merely pass the buck
  • 20:30 (IST)

    Western Railways blame unexpected rainfall for tragedy, says rumours killed 22 people

    In its press release, Western Railways said that the tragedy was caused due to the unexpected rainfall, which created unusual crowd at the exit point. The railway release further said that the rumours of the foot-over bridge breaking down further fuelled panic. 

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis to return from Singapore tonight; CM will visit KEM hospital

    According to CNN-News18, the Railways had then cleared the construction of a new bridge, even sanctioning Rs 11.8 crore to this end.

  • 19:33 (IST)

    Watch: Officials take down banner showing 'branded' victims after criticism

    Credit: Video ​by Sachin Gokhale

  • 19:02 (IST)

    After 22 die in Mumbai stampede, Railway Ministry clears funds for new foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road station

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu sanctioned funds for new foot over bridge at Elphinston Station

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Watch: A glimpse of the current situation at Elphinstone station

  • 17:54 (IST)

    Did Mumbai Police use its brains before putting 'branded' victims on display?

    When relatives of the deceased turned up at KEM Hospital, they were greeted by mugshot pictures of the bodies of 22 victims posted on a wall with numbers emblazoned across their foreheads. 

    According to a senior doctor from KEM Hospital who chose to stay off the record, it is a standard practice across forensic departments the world over to mark victims in this manner.

    While that may be the case, displaying these images publicly is certainly not a part of any forensic manual. That lives had been needlessly lost was bad enough, making this sort of spectacle reeks of a complete lack of sensitivity and respect for the victims and their kin.

    Read the ful article here

  • 17:26 (IST)

  • 17:22 (IST)

    KEM Hospital say it has enough blood to take care of the injured

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Health minister JP Nadda takes update on health of those injured in tragedy

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Watch: The death toll in the Mumbai stampede tragedy hit 22 within a span of 2 hours

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Centre says foot-over bridge will be expanded after 22 people die in stampede

    Railway minister Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Railways will take up the broadening of foot-over bridges on a priority basis and audits will be conducted at several Mumbai stations. Twitter users, meanwhile, were unsparing in their criticism as commuters had complaint in the past too about the bottle-neck sitation at the high-footfall station. Many people pointed out that this was a tragedy waiting to happen. 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Mumbai stampede a massacre, BJP government should take responsibility: Shiv Sena

    In a blistering attack on its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena on Friday termed the stampede in which 22 railway commuters were killed as a "public massacre".

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut slammed the BJP for the much-touted Bullet Train project and said commuters' safety and security must be accorded top priority.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    A new foot-over bridge was constructed at Parel station, but is never used

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Updated list of all deceased persons

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Government should be booked for culpable homicide, says Shiv Sena

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan takes potshots at BJP govt

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal visits KEM Hospital 

  • 15:54 (IST)

    Manjul's take on the Mumbai tragedy

  • A lucky survivor narrates his ordeal 

    Twenty-three year-old Anuj Kumar, who works as a tailor at Parel, left Kurla station at 10 am. However, he got stuck on the staircase. He said that a lot of people fell unconscious. However, he escaped from behind. 

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Milind Deora visits KEM Hospital 

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant first rang the bell

    As the South Mumbai MP, Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant had raised the issue of the structural problem associated with the Elphinstone Road station bridge. In a 2016 letter, then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also lauded his efforts at bringing Indian Railways attention to the perennial problem. However, the letter itself pointed out that due to the paucity of financial resources, the issue does not get enough attention. 

  • A survivor recounts his horror

    Ruful Amin, 22. works at Indiabulls Centre. "I got in from Kurla and got off at Parel. I got pushed on the overbridge. I was pushed and three women and two boys died in front of me. I extricated my feet from the dead. I held on to railing and fell off. A man helped me. I fainted but there were no ambulance. People carried me while crossing tracks. I was taken in a police van and brought here to KEM. I felt I would die," he said.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Here is the list of all the injured at KEM Hospital 

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Samir Zaveri, noted railway safety actiivist, tells Firstpost 

    The stampede at the Elphinstone Road station bridge makes one wonder if there is any value for human life in the country. In any other country, the rail minister and the concerned officers would immediately be taken to task for such a horrendous state of affairs.

    Let me cite a statistic to show exactly how dire the situation is. In the Mumbai suburban system, one 12-coach local train has the capacity to carry 1,172 people. But the Railways itself has said that in peak hours, around 6,000 people travel in one train on an average. In such a situation, it is no surprise that a large number of deaths take place on the suburban system.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Firstpost is LIVE with some of the injured at KEM Hospital

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Will Goyal keep his word?

    While Goyal has now promised to widen the foot-over bridges across Mumbai Suburban Railway system, the demand for such a move was previously made in a 2015 CAG report, which specifically highlighted the structural default in the Elphinstone Road station bridge. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal promises to widen railway foot-over bridges

  • Another life lost to government apathy 

    Mina Walekar, 34, worked at Kamgar Kalyan Nigam. She stayed at Ulhasnagar. She was coming to work but got caught in the stampede. Her friend called her phone but a police constable picked the call informing that she was dead. Her friends have identified the body.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    This is the first list of the dead released by KEM Hospital 

  • 15:08 (IST)

    ANI says 39 people are injured in the tragedy

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Read: The CAG report in 2015 which nails the poor infrastructure in Elphinstone Road station 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    This is the part of the CAG report in 2015

    "Foot Over Bridge (FOB) of six meter width was required to be provided at all suburban stations. FOBs of the prescribed size of six meter width had not been provided at all at five stations."


     

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Elphintsone Road station was under scanner for a while 

    A 2016 CAG report had said that the Foot Over Bridge is structurally weak. The report also said that the size of Foot Over Bridge was also not in line with the prevelant standards across the world. but no action was taken on the CAG report. According to CNN News18, the size of the FOB is not over 70 inches. 

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Here are the helpline numbers

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Manoj Sinha asks people to not play politics, says no issues raised on bridge's strength 

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley tweets condolences

  • 22-year-old Hiloni Dedhia family is shattered

    The Axis Bank employee was a CA. She stayed at Ghatkopar. Her family got a call saying that she had fractured a foot. Her aunt came to the hospital but couldn't find her name in casualty list or dead list. They identified her from a picture. This is because name list is only of those who are identified. They are waiting for the body to be taken home.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Rail minister Piyush Goyal speaks

    "We will order highest level of enquiry under Chief Safety Officer. there will be a capacity and safety audit of stations. We will give more importance to safety now. I have spoken to authorities.The dead will get Rs 5 lakh from the ralway, while seriously injured will get Rs 1 lakh," Goyal said.

  • State minister Vinod Tawde and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC at KEM Hospital

  • 14:31 (IST)

    This was a tragedy waiting to happen

  • Tragedy struck common man

    Sudhir Mishra, 30 year old labourer, went to book his ticket and got caught in the stampede. He is admitted to ICU now. A 22 year old woman, Hiloni Dedhia, who was employed with Axis bank is also believed to  be dead. Her phone and bag were recovered from the incident site. Her father has reached KEM to identify body.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Watch: Chaos at Parel station following the stampede

  • 14:19 (IST)

    Medical services arrived at the spot after incident

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray reaches KEM Hospital 

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Poor infrastructure responsible for the tragedy 

  • 14:13 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal to come to Elphinstone Road 

    After visiting KEM Hospital, where the dead and the injured are being treated, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is set to visit Elphinstone Road, the accident spot.

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Elphinstine Road area known for poor infrastructure

    One of the oldest city bridges, the Elphinstone Bridge, has been a topic of debate for some time now. This is the same stretch where renowned cardiologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar had drowned in an open manhole late last month, News18 noted,

  • 14:05 (IST)

    NCP supremo Sharad Pawar tweets his condolences

  • 14:02 (IST)

    Helpline numbers

    Helpline numbers for Elphinstone Road North FOB incidence today: Churchgate - 22039840, Mumbai Central- 23051665, EPR- 24301614 @drmbct

In a Dussehra-eve tragedy, at least 22 commuters were killed in a stampede on a narrow railway footover bridge connecting the Parel-Elphinstone Road stations of Western Railway here on Friday morning, officials said.

At least 32 others were injured, many critically, and casualty figures could go up, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp (BMC) Disaster Control said after the morning peak hour tragedy.

Among the dead were 18 males and four females while 23 men and nine women were injured and undergoing treatment, a BMC official said.

 

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The victims were rushed to the KEM Hospital in Parel. A Railway Board official in New Delhi announced a probe into the incident.

The exact cause of the stampede was not known but witnesses claimed that a sudden rumour of a suspected electrical short-circuit triggered a panic run.

Officials, however, blamed it on overcrowding on the footover bridge due to torrential rains as people took shelter there.

The crowds increased as many more attempted to enter the bridge — for shelter and going over to the other side.

Before rescue teams arrived, cab drivers and others helped shift the injured in taxis and on two-wheelers.

The Maharashtra government announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the dead and free medical treatment to the injured.


"We have ordered a probe into the circumstances leading to the massive tragedy," Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the distraught families.

The tragedy occurred as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who took charge earlier this month, reached Mumbai to launch scores of new suburban train services for Western Railway and Central Railway as well as the Harbour Line.

Following the incident, Goyal cancelled his inaugurations plans.

In a sharp reaction, the Shiv Sena demanded the resignation of Goyal, adequate compensation for all the victims and prioritizing immediate measures for ensuring safety and security of Mumbai commuters.

Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the scene, said it was the responsibility of the Western Railway authorities to ensure commuters' safety.

The festival-eve calamity sparked off angry reactions on social media, with many questioning lapses vis-a-vis safety and security of commuters even as mega-projects like Bullet Trains are announced with fanfare.

 


Published Date: Sep 29, 2017 08:16 pm | Updated Date: Sep 29, 2017 08:30 pm



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