Mumbai: Twenty-two were killed and more than 30 seriously injured in a stampede in Mumbai this morning, when a crowd tried to leave a narrow railway bridge connecting Elphinstone and Parel railway stations after heavy rain last night.
Heart-wrenching visuals showed a crush of bodies on the bridge, straining against the railing. Screams were heard from those trying to escape the weight of the bodies and some were seen jumping off the bridge.
The stampede happened just a few hours before the launch of 100 new additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones by rail minister Piyush Goyal, and on the day the Elphinstone Station was renamed as Prabhadevi Station.
While Maharashtra government announced comoensation of Rs. 05 lakh to the kin of those killed in the tragedy, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer of the Western Railways.
According to the Mumbai Police, the hospital needs A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood for the injured people.
The unfortunate stamped happened on Elphinstone Road foot over bridge, where a large number of people had taken shelter from the rains.
Due to overcrowding, a part of the bridge collapsed.
Soon rumours of the bridge collapse spread after which commuters who were standing on the foot overbridge started running, which caused the deadly stampede.
Out of the 100 new train services, 32 new services are meant for Western Railway while 68 services for Central Railway.