Here are the updates on the stampede incident near Mumbai's Elphinstone Station:
"It was a very sad and a serious incident. An inquiry will be done into the incident," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said after visiting KEM Hospital.
The Congress party said former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ignored all alarm bells on Elphinstone and let a man-made disaster unfold. "Is public safety not a concern for BJP ministers?" the Congress tweeted on its official handle.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed her condolences on the Mumbai stampede deaths and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured. "Saddened at the loss of lives in Mumbai. Prayers for the injured to recover. Condolences to the families who lost loved ones," said Ms Banerjee, a former Railway Minister.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed shock and anguish over the death of 22 people in the stampede in Mumbai. "Anguished at Elphinstone tragedy, my condolences to those who lost their lives. Wishing an early recovery to the injured," the Congress tweeted, quoting Sonia Gandhi. In a statement, the Congress chief said, "Such accidents could have been avoided had there been proper planning and concern for safety issues."
I hope Railway authorities & administration are undertaking relief operations expeditiously & proper inquiry is conducted: Smt. Sonia Gandhi- Congress (@INCIndia) September 29, 2017
The Shiv Sena today criticised its ally BJP and called the stampede a "public massacre", news agency IANS reported. "The stampede on the foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road railway station is a public massacre of the people by the government," Shiv Sena parliamentarian Sanjay Raut told reporters. Mr Raut said instead of the bullet train, the government should first pay attention to basic rail safety.
Policemen check the foot overbridge where the stampede happened (AFP)
Another Shiv Sena parliamentarian Rahul Shewale said he had written to former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in April 2015 demanding that the width of the overbridge where the stampede happened should be widened due to safety concerns. Mr Shewale said Suresh Prabhu rejected his request citing lack of funds and operational constraints, news agency IANS reported.
One additional foot overbridge at a cost of Rs 9.5 crore has already been sanctioned by the Railway Ministry for Mumbai's Elphinstone station and a tender has been floated, a railway official said, news agency ANI reported.
RJD chief Lalu Yadav has alleged the government did not pay attention to "constructive suggestions" on improving railway safety. In a series of tweets, Lalu Yadav said he has written three letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the railway minister in the last three years highlighting the "miserable condition of IR (Indian Railways)". Mr Yadav, who was Railway Minister in UPA-I, said railway infrastructure is old and overburdened, which needs "renovation and replacement". "It must be the priority rather than bullet train," Lalu Yadav said.
In past 3 yrs,sent 3 letters to PM & Railway minister on miserable condition of IR but they didn't pay attention on constructive suggestions- Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) September 29, 2017
Opposition parties in Maharashtra have sought a judicial enquiry into today's stampede, news agency IANS reported. Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan visited the railway station and met with the families of those who died in the stampede. "This is a very grave tragedy. The government must order a judicial probe into it and take stringent action against those responsible," he said. Nationalist Congress Party legislator Jitendra Awhad targeted the ruling BJP for allegedly ignoring issues concerning the safety of Mumbai railway commuters.
Nineteen of the 22 people killed in the stampede at a railway foot overbridge have been identified, a civic official said, news agency PTI reports. "We carried out a detailed verification of documents and ascertained the identity of 19 victims so far," said IA Kundan, Additional Municipal Commissioner. A help desk has been set up at KEM Hospital to identity those who died in the stampede.
Compensation of Rs. 1 lakh for those grievously injured
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the grievously injured persons and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered minor injuries in the incident. He also announced a complete 'safety and capacity' audit of all the FOBs across the suburban train network. Mr Goyal also said an inquiry report of the incident will come in 10 days.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visits KEM hospital following his visit to the stampede site.
Piyush Goyal visits stampede spot
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited the spot of the stampede in Mumbai and paid condolences to the family of the deceased. The minister said a high-level probe has been ordered into the matter and the ministry is taking stock of the situation. "We will take whatever steps are required to be taken," he said.
- My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones and got affected.
- Spoke to Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Mumbai; asked them to reach hospital to monitor and ensure that everyone gets all the help.
- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is also on way and is reaching at the earliest.
- Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken.
- ₹5 lakh announced for the next of the relatives of deceased and all the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by GoM.
22 Dead, Many Injured In Stampede Near Mumbai's Elphinstone Station | NDTV.com Video | Twenty two people were killed and over 30 seriously injured in a rush-hour stampede after heavy rain in Mumbai this morning, as a crowd tried to leave a narrow foot over-bridge connecting two busy train stations."