Elphinstone Railway Station Stampede: The incident took place between Parel and Elphinstone stations.
Mumbai: 22 people have been killed and over 30 seriously injured in a stampede that broke out in Mumbai this morning during peak office hours on a bridge linking two suburban train stations. The incident took place at around 10:30 am on the foot over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took note of the tragedy and said the situation is being continuously monitored. Visuals showed people on the ground and passers-by dragging the injured down the bridge. Thousands of commuters use the two stations and the bridge everyday as many officers are in the area.
"Many were waiting in the rain. There were too many people in a cramped space. When people were trying to rush to their trains, the stampede happened," said railway spokesperson Anil Saxena. A 40-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been moved to the site of the stampede.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the families of those who died. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who arrived in Mumbai, also announced Rs. 5 lakh as compensation for the families of those who died.
Elphinstone Road station is a busy hub for local train commuters as a large number of offices are located in the area.Crowd management at busy suburban stations like Parel and Elphinstone has been a longstanding demand. "It was a disaster waiting to happen," a resident said.
"Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. @PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shruti Lokre, a commuter who survived the stampede, told NDTV on phone, ““The crowd was increasing, there was no help…We couldn’t breathe, we were falling on each other, there was panic. When a mob panics, you can’t think.”