At least 22 people have died and several others have been injured in a stampede that took place at a foot over-bridge in Mumbai’s Elphinstone area.
The stampede occurred at a narrow foot over-bridge that connects Elphinstone Road and Parel local railway stations in Mumbai.
More than 30 people are said to be injured. Even though the official death toll stands at 22, it is likely to rise.
It was raining when the tragedy took place at around 10.40 am, the police said.
Police suspect a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot over-bridge led to panic and people started running, which resulted in the stampede.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who is in Mumbai montinoring the situation, has ordered a high-level probe into the incident.
Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. @PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 29, 2017
The injured were rushed to near-by KEM hospital. Railway, police and fire brigade officials were at the site carrying out rescue operations. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised to take strict action against those responsible for the tragedy.
Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken.@RailMinIndia
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 29, 2017
He announced ₹ 5 lakh as compensation for the next of the kins of the deceased.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed condolences to the relatives of those who died in the tragic incident.
Shocked to learn about several deaths and many injured in the stampede at Elphinstone railway station’s foot over bridge in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/CYOmTxMLwe
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 29, 2017
My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. — VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 29, 2017
(With inputs from PTI)