Three persons were killed and more than 12 injured when a dented maintenance platform grazed an overcrowded local train a fire in a signal cabin has disrupted services since Wednesday,leading to overcrowding in Mumbai on Thursday.
Prateek Chedda,24,Jiten Wara,29,and Ganesh Yadav,20,were knocked off the train by the maintenance platform attached to a signal ladder between Nahur and Mulund stations,Railway officials said.
I was standing at the door when suddenly something hard hit my hand and I started bleeding profusely. I got off at Vikhroli and approached the station master for help, said Manish Jaiswal,28,who fractured his left arm.
The Railway police said 20 passengers sustained injuries,mostly bruises on arms and faces,fractures and broken teeth. We have registered an FIR against the maintenance department of the Central Railway, a senior official said.
Central Railway spokesperson V A Malegaonkar,on the other hand,said they had not violated any norms. Since no rail structure,including gantries and overhead masts,was found infringing the movement of trains,it appears this unfortunate incident is a result of extreme overcrowding on the train, Malegaonkar said.
The dented platform has been cut off to avoid more injuries. Railway Minister Mukul Roy,meanwhile,announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased passengers,Rs 5,000 to the grievously injured and Rs 500 to those with minor injuries. The Railways will also pay for treatment of the injured.