Stampede At Mumbai’s Elphinstone Railway Station, Many Feared Dead

**Mumbai: ** In a tragic incident, at least twenty two persons are feared dead while 32 others are injured in a stampede that took place at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Railway Station at around 10:45 am on Friday.

The stampede took place on a foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.

The injured have been taken to KEM hospital and the names of the deceased have not been revealed yet.

The cause of the stampede was not known, but witnesses claimed that a sudden rumour of a suspected electrical short-circuit sparked off a panic run.

The bridge was already overcrowded owing to sudden heavy rains that lashed the city on Friday and many commuters had taken shelter there.

Before the rescue teams arrived, cab drivers and others helped shift the injured in taxis and on two-wheelers.

The tragedy occurred shortly before Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reached Mumbai on Friday to launch scores of new services for the Western Railway and Central Railway.

Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the scene, said it was the responsibility of the Western Railway authorities to ensure commuters’ safety.

The festival-eve calamity sparked off angry reactions on social media, with many questioning lapses vis-a-vis safety and security of commuters even as projects like Bullet Trains are announced with fanfare.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde and Railway minister Piyush Goyal have reached KEM Hospital and an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs has been announced by the MH minister.