Elphinstone Road station stampede highlights: CM Fadanvis reaches KEM Hospital, says will assist Railways in conducting inquiry

Mumbai stampede: At least 22 people were killed and 39 others injured at Elphinstone railway station's foot over bridge on Friday

| New Delhi | Updated: September 30, 2017 6:43 am
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At least 22 people were killed and 39 others were injured in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station on Friday. The stampede took place on foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. BMC’s disaster management unit said “required agencies have been mobilised.” Mumbai Police said there is a shortage of A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood group in KEM hospital.

Elphinstone station is usually crowded during peak hours as it caters to office-goers in the Lower Parel area. The station, on the Western Line of the Mumbai suburban rail network, also connects to Parel station on the Central line.

(With inputs from Mumbai Bureau)

Elphinstone Road station stampede highlights

11: 40 pm: Fadnavis said that his government will provide all the assistance required by the Railways to conduct its inquiry. “Have given assurance to Railway ministry that the state government & local administration will do everything needed,” CM Fadnavis told ANI reporters.

11: 40 pm: CM Devendra Fadnavis further said that the Railway Ministry has initiated an audit of the foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road station to prevent any future incidents. “Railways ministry has started an audit of FOBs at stations so that similar incident is not repeated in the future,” Fadnavis told ANI news agency.

11: 35 pm: While speaking to reporters at KEM Hospital Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said this was a sad and serious incident and promised an inquiry will be conducted to look into the incident. “It was a very sad and a serious incident. An inquiry will be done into the incident,” ANI news agency quoted CM Devendra Fadnavis.

10:55 pm: Cheif Minister Devendra Fadnavis reached KEM hospital to take stock of the situation. He had arrived in Mumbai at 10 pm, after concluding his three days official tour to South Korea and Singapore. He drove straight from Airport to KEM Hospital.

CM Devendra Fadnavis at KEM Hospital. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

10:12 pm: A Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde has demanded separation of the Mumbai suburban railways from the overall rail network. He has also demanded that the government implement the recommendations made by Kakodkar committee on providing improved passenger amenities.

9:17 pm: The Congress dubbed the Mumbai station stampede as a ‘man-made disaster’ and demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge while asking PM Modi to apologise to the people of the city.

9:00 pm: Employees of Mumbai Railways have accepted my request to not celebrate Dusshera in the wake of the Mumbai Stampede incident, said Piyush Goyal.

8:57 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that in next seven days, all suburban stations will be inspected to identify vulnerable issues. We will speed up work on foot overbridges.

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8:40 pm: On the backdrop of Elphinstone Road station stampede, city police have become alert and have started monitoring crowd at Churchgate station.

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08.30 pm: The full list of the names of the 22 people who died in the deadly stampede

08.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take over the railway ministry as he “boasts of his efficacy” and prove himself, Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik

07.30 pm: Platforms at Elphinstone Road Station also planned to be extended with the construction of this foot-over-bridge. Tender already floated said Western railways, reports ANI

7.00 pm: Senior officials said the railways floated a tender for an additional foot-over-bridge at Elphinston station in Mumbai where 22 people were killed during a stampede on the existing decades-old bridge, PTI reports

6.25 pm: An Accidental Death Report (ADR) under section  174 of CRPC has been registered at Dadar Police Station, ANI reports.

5.30 pm: Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and asked about the health of injured people and offered necessary assistance, ANI reports

5.05 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told the Indian Express,”We are well aware of the existing problem of rising passenger count and limited suburban trains. I have told the Centre about it and soon we will work on it.”

4.55 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences over the deaths caused by a stampede in Mumbai.”Saddened at the loss of lives in Mumbai. Prayers forthe injured to recover. Condolences to the families who lostloved ones,” Banerjee said in a tweet.

4.30 pm: Latest visuals from KEM hospital.

4.20 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has reacted to the incident. “Deeply pained to know about the tragic stampede at Elphinstone station. My thoughts with the families of the victims,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

4.15 pm: Former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, in a letter dated 20 February, 2016, had written to Maharashtra MP Arvind Ganpat Sawant, saying the construction of 12m wide new foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road was under the “positive consideration” of Railway Ministry.

3.45 pm: List of those injured in the stampede.

3.22 pm: In the aftermath of the incident, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered a high-level inquiry into stampede in Mumbai. Goyal also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.

3.17 pm: List of people who died in the stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station.   

3.10 pm: UPDATE | A total of 39 people have been injured in the stampede at Elphinstone railway station’s foot over bridge in Mumbai.

3.08 pm: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has also expressed grief over the incident. “Deeply saddened by the Elphinstone Station incident. My prayers are with the families of the deceased. Hope the injured recover soon,” Raje wrote on Twitter.

3.00 pm: MoS Railways Sinha said no one should do politics on such an unfortunate incident and slammed the Opposition for doing politics on the issue. “There are people who always seek opportunity. We are above politics on the issue,” Sinha said.

2.55 pm: Reflecting on the incident, MoS Railways Manoj Sinha insisted that the tragic incident happened due to stampede and that no question has been raised on the structural strength of the bridge, ANI reported.

2.15 pm: A Class 4 student was among those killed. Rohit Parab was going to the Parel market with his elder brother Aakash to shop for Dussehra when the Elphinstone stampede took place. While Aakash suffered injuries in the accident, Rohit could not be saved.

2.10 pm:  Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu condoled the Elphinstone stampede. “My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he wrote on Twitter.

2.05 pm: Meanwhile in Bengaluru, two people were killed in another stampede by hundreds of people jostling to obtain coupons for free food offered by a local philanthropist, police said. The philanthropist has been detained for questioning.

2.00 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Maharashtra Minister Vinod Tawde reach KEM Hospital. “Compensation of Rs 5 lakh each will be given to kin of those dead. State government will bear medical expenses of injured,” Tawde said.

1.55 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi said the Elphinstone stampede was “a man-made disaster”. Expressing her concerns over rail safety, Sonia Gandhi said “such accidents could have been avoided had there been proper planning and concern for safety.” She has also asked the Regional and Pradesh Congress Committee and Congress workers to contribute in providing assistance to the families of the bereaved.

1.50 pm: Photos | Aftermath of tragedy that took at least 22 lives

1.45 pm: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hits out at the government after the Elphinstone stampede. “Terrible tragedy at Elphinstone. My condolences to the family of the deceased. Government talking of Bullet Trains but basic facilities missing,” he said in a tweet.

1.30 pm: Railways has cancelled the launch of 100 new Suburban Rail Services in Mumbai area. Piyush Goyal was slated to inaugurate the facilities today.

1.28 pm: CM Fadnavis also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of the kins of deceased. “All the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by Government of Maharashtra. Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken,” he said.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS: 

022-24136051
022-24107020
022-24131419

Churchgate: 022-22039840

Mumbai Central: 022-23051665

Elphinstone Road: 022-24301614

1.25 pm: Eye-witnesses recount their horror after the Elphinstone stampede. “There were dead bodies on me and underneath me. I was pulled out. I drank water and looked for my friend. He is badly injured,” said Mohammed Hasan, who works as a tailor in Parel.

1.20 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has reached Mumbai. “Have ordered a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways,” he wrote on Twitter. Goyal also expressed his condolences on the tragedy. The Railway Minister was scheduled to be in the city to launch 100 new Suburban Rail Services in Mumbai.

1.19 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed his condolences on the tragedy. “Saddened and shocked to know about the tragic stampede at #Elphinstone railway station, foot over bridge. #Mumbai. My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones and got affected. #Elphinstone,” Fadnavis wrote on Twitter. He also spoke to Chief Secretary and Mumbai Commissioner of Police and “asked them to reach hospital to monitor and ensure that everyone gets all the help.”

1.17 pm: Additional Commissioner of Police, Central Region, S Jayakumar said the stampede was a result of rain and overcrowding.

1.15 pm: Meanwhile, Mumbai police said A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood is required in KEM hospital for the injured.

1.10 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the Elphinstone stampede in Mumbai which has left 22 dead. “Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. @PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance,” he wrote on Twitter. PM Modi on Elphinstone Road station stampede: Situation in Mumbai being monitored; prayers with those injured

1.05 pm: NDRF team reaches the spot of Mumbai stampede, reported ANI.

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1.03 pm: NCP leader Supriya Sule took to Twitter to express her condolences on the Elphinstone bridge tragedy. “Horrific incident at #Elphinstone station, Mumbai.There is an urgent need to improve our railway infrastructure, which has to be the priority,” she tweeted.

1.00 pm: Rajesh Verma, one of the commuters at the station, said as it started raining, people started crowding the foot overbridge and refused to leave. As trains kept entering the station, the crowd on the FOB increased and at one point of time, he says, there were at least three people on top of each other. His friend Anuj suffered a fracture to his hand is recuperating at KEM hospital.

12.55 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind reacted to the Elphinstone stampede. “Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured,” he wrote on Twitter.

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12.47 pm: Expressing his condolences on the Elphinstone stampede, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said an “inquiry should be instituted immediately and action must be taken against those responsible for this tragedy.” He also said the government should announce a compensation of 10 lakhs to next of kin of the deceased and 1 lakh to the injured.

12.45 pm: One of the deceased has been identified as Sachin Kadam from Dombivali. His office is in Parel.

12.41 pm: Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said 22 people had been killed in the stampede and 27 were injured.

12. 37 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is reportedly on his way to the Elphinstone Road railway station.

12.35 pm: “Due to sudden rain, people were waiting at the station. When the rain stopped there was chaos to go out, stampede occurred,” A Saxena, DGPR, Railway was quoted as saying by ANI.

12.25 pm: Police suspect a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot overbridge led to panic and people started running, resulting in the stampede, reports news agency PTI.

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12.20 pm: Death toll in the Elphinstone Road station stampede goes up to 22. Among the dead, four were women and 18 men.

12.15 pm: “Government not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains,” Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Choudhary said while reacting on Mumbai stampede.

12.09 pm: In a video shared on social media, people can be seen caught in the stampede. Initial photos from the scene show people lying on the ground after they jumped from the bridge to save themselves.

12.04 pm: “Of the injured 20 people have serious injuries, rest have minor injuries. Can’t comment more right now,” Niket Kaushik, GRP Commissioner was quoted as saying by ANI

12.01 pm: Speaking to media organisations, commuters said the foot overbridge at Elphinstone was narrow and there is always a rush during the peak hours.

11.56 am: According to AP, 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.

11.49 am: Dr Pravin Bangar, Senior Medical Officer at KEM Hospital, said 15 people were declared brought dead.

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11.43 am: Senior Railway officers have reached Elphinstone station to monitor relief work.

11.40 am: Western Railway PRO says 30 people have been injured in the Elphinstone railway station stampede.

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11.36 am: The Elphinstone stampede took place at around 11 am. Accident relief and medical equipment have been made available for affected people.

11.33 am: The injured have been taken to KEM hospital and other hospitals in the nearby areas. The names of the deceased have not been revealed yet.

11.30 am: Reports suggest that heavy rains triggered the stampede at Elphinstone railway station.

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