The incident is a grim reminder of the stampede that took place on a foot overbridge (FOB) connecting the local railway stations of Elphinstone Road. At least 22 people were killed and 39 others were injured.
A rumour about the overbridge "collapsing" sparked panic among morning peak-hour commuters on a rainy day, leading to people rushing towards its staircase with several of them slipping on the wet steps and falling over one another.
The police investigation concurs with a report filed by the Western Railways, which had stated that a heavy downpour, combined with two trains pulling into both platforms and emptying out thousands of passengers into the staircases leading out into the exits, had led to the stampede.
Twenty-three lives were lost on the foot overbridge on Elphinstone Road station on September 29, 2017. Tragedy struck during the morning rush hour when rain caught commuters unaware, causing a stampede. For those who lived to tell the tale, the wounds are yet to heal.
75 lakh passengers travel on Mumbai locals everyday, 2.64 billion a year, in conditions an expert calls "cattle class". As unimaginative planning just adds stations and lengthens platforms to meet demand, and major projects miss deadlines, the September 29 stampede that killed 23 people was a disaster waiting to happen.
"The most important thing in the settlement of these cases is that the claimants have been awarded the compensation without engaging their advocates. The tribunal also ensured that the victims did not face any hassles," an official said.