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Mumbai stampede probe: Railway officials given clean chit by inquiry committee

An inquiry team found that the Elphinstone Road station stampede was caused due to panic and confusion created on the foot overbridge, coupled with rains.

| Mumbai | Updated: October 11, 2017 2:35 pm
elphinstone station stampede, mumbai stampede, elphinstone stampede, stampede, mumbai, elphinstone station, mumbai news, indian express news The stampede on the staircase of the foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road station had claimed 23 lives. (File photo)

The Western Railway (WR) authorities have given a clean chit to railway officials in connection with the Elphinstone Road station stampede in Mumbai. An inquiry team set up to probe the incident found that the stampede was caused due to panic and confustion at the entrance to the railway station. It added that the spell of rain on September 29 morning had contributed to the surge in commuters entering the station in a rush. At least 23 people were killed and several people injured in the stampede.

“The incident was caused due to panic and confusion created on the bridge coupled with rains. No one can be held responsible for the incident,” Ravinder Bhaker, chief public relations officer of the WR, said. A five-member inquiry committee consisting of senior railway officials and headed by the chief safety officer, had been set up to probe the incident.

In a report, which was submitted to the general manager of the WR on Tuesday evening, the team enlisted suggestions to decongest the staircase. The team made suggestions such as relocating the booking counter, regulating the vendors’ entry during rush hours, setting up additional CCTV cameras for monitoring, and providing a hotline facility at stations.

Earlier, a probe conducted by the Dadar police had mentioned that the confusion was created after one of the commuters said ‘phoo gir gaya‘ (flowers had dropped), which was perceived as ‘pul gir gaya‘ (bridge has fallen), triggering panic among commuters.

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  1. R
    Rakesh Gupta
    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    Thanks for detailed news it was really helpful to me to understand situation
    1. H
      Oct 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm
      What a shame .... they should have indicted the citizens that died for the cause of being there on a rainy day. God save this country.
      1. V
        Valuable lives commuting by railways
        Oct 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm
        Please let us know when the widening of overhead bridge and stairs at Elphinson will start - we want a deadline by when it will start and by when it will get completed. We are not interested in your clean chits. We want action and that too fast. First and Foremost the bridge and stairs would not have been overcrowded if there was a fullfledge widen bridge and stairs case available at the station - please let us know which one of your officials was sitting on the file approved by the railway minister for widening of the bridge since last 2 years. We want an accountability which PM Modi had promised.
        1. H
          Oct 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm
          Railways' Committee given Raiways a CLEAN CHIT...no, it is not CHEATing...!?!?
          1. G
            Guru Ram Rahim
            Oct 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm
            By Commissioner of Railway safety under Ministry of Civil Aviation.