At Least 22 Killed in Stampede at Mumbai Train Station

At Least 22 Killed in Stampede at Mumbai Train Station

At Least 22 Killed in Stampede at Mumbai Train Station

The injured have been taken to KEM hospital. The stampede that broke out was a tragedy waiting to happen and is a seen at many Mumbai local train stations.

Indian broadcasters showed images of some people leaping over the railing to escape the crush, while others were crushed in the melee or fell underfoot and were trampled. A 17-year-old student had died after falling off the train on September 20.

Over 30 people injured in the incident have been admitted to hospitals, the officials said. People in large numbers offered to donate blood to treat the injured.

Once called "Giran-gaon" or the city of (textile) mills, the area around Elphinstone Road and Parel stations in central Mumbai now has a skyline filled with glass-and-concrete towers, housing swanky offices. As per the reports, dozens of people took shelter on the bridge from the sudden thunderstorm that led to the deadly stampede.

India's railways Minister Piyush Goyal is now in Mumbai for a scheduled event.

"An FIR under IPC section 302 (murder) should be lodged against railway officials", the senior Congress leader said.

The fatal stampede began around 11 a.m., when officials say several people tripped and fell on the crowded bridge linking the Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.

According to the Western Railway press release, stations with a high footfall will get additional escalators, the details of which are to be finalised in the next two weeks.

Shreya Chavan, a class XII student, has filed a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, "We don't want Bullet trains, we need better Railways".

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

It is not yet clear what triggered the stampede, but eyewitness accounts suggest it was the heavy downpour coupled with the rumours of the bridge collapsing or a short circuit. Chaos prevailed as people surged forward to leave the bridge.

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