2017 Mumbai stampede

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On 29 September 2017, a stampede broke out at the sub-urban Prabhadevi railway station (formerly known as Elphinstone station) in Mumbai, India.[1] At least 23 people were killed and 39 others were injured in the stampede.[2] The incident took place between the Parel railway station and Prabhadevi railway station.

Incident

On the morning of 29 September 2017, around 10:30 am local time, a stampede erupted on a footbridge at the sub-urban Prabhadevi railway station, formerly known as Elphinstone station in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, which connects two of Mumbai's major suburban lines.[3][4]

The incident occurred during the morning rush hour at Prabhadevi station, when four trains arrived simultaneously at the station.[5][6] It was further raining at the time and there were already numerous people crammed into the narrow bridge.[7][8]

According to a Mumbai Police official, the stampede was triggered by a rumour that the pedestrian bridge was collapsing which sparked chaos among passengers as they surged forwards to flee.[9] According to a witness, the situation worsened as police and emergency officials did not respond immediately or enforce crowd control measures.[9]

At least 23 people died[10] and 39 others were injured in the stampede. According a hospital's official, most of the people who died suffered from chest compression and haemorrhage due to injuries.[11]

Reactions

Piyush Goyal, the Minister of Railways, announced a compensation of ₨.10 lakh or about $15,200 for the victims.[2]

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the "loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai". [12] Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to "all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai", in a tweet. .[13]

Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Bengal[14] and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed condolences over the deaths caused by the stampede.[15]

Shiv Sena called the stampede “a public massacre of the people by the government.”[16]

Many Indians took to social media and called out the government for spending on projects such as a new bullet train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, instead of focusing on basic infrastructure.[8][17] Many media reports criticised the infrastructure in the station and reported the incident as a tragedy which was waiting to happen.[18][19][20][21][22] MNS chief Raj Thackeray warned PM that he would not allow a single brick to be placed for the bullet train in Mumbai, until the infrastructure of local railways was made better.[23][24]

In the aftermath, railway minister Piyush Goyal said that the government has ordered a probe into the incident.[25]He also ordered a safety and capacity audit of all foot over-bridges at suburban stations across Mumbai.[26]

References

  1. Zanane, Anant R; Marwaha, Nonika (29 September 2017). "22 Dead, Many Injured In Stampede Near Mumbai's Elphinstone Station". NDTV. https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/elphinstone-railway-station-stampede-at-overbridge-several-injured-1756677. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Elphinstone Road station stampede: 22 dead, 39 hurt; government announces compensation, orders probe". The Times of India. 29 September 2017. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/mumbai-stampede-22-dead-39-hurt-government-announces-ex-gratia-orders-probe/articleshow/60882899.cms. 
  3. Kumar, Hari (29 September 2017). "Stampede at Mumbai Railway Station Kills at Least 22". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/world/asia/mumbai-railway-stampede-elphinstone.html. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  4. Kumar, Nikhil (29 September 2017). "Mumbai stampede kills 22, injures 35 at train station". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/29/asia/india-mumbai-stampede/index.html. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  5. "22 Dead, Many Injured In Stampede Near Mumbai's Elphinstone Station". NDTV.com. https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/elphinstone-railway-station-stampede-at-overbridge-several-injured-1756677. 
  6. Tripathy, Rajendra Jadhav and Devidutta. "Stampede in Mumbai kills at least 22" (in en-IN). IN. http://in.reuters.com/article/india-stampede-mumbai-elphinstone/stampede-in-mumbai-kills-at-least-22-idINKCN1C40N7. 
  7. "Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain". BBC. 29 September 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41439379. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Safi, Michael (29 September 2017). "Mumbai railway station stampede kills at least 22". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/29/stampede-mumbai-railway-station-rush-hour. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Boyle, Danny (29 September 2017). "Mumbai station stampede kills at least 22 amid rumour bridge was collapsing". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/29/mumbai-station-stampede-kills-least-15-amid-rumour-bridge-collapsing/. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  10. Chaubey, Vedika (September 30, 2017). "Elphinstone stampede: death toll climbs to 23". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/elphinstone-stampede-death-toll-climbs-to-23/article19777052.ece. 
  11. Shelar, Jyoti (29 September 2017). "Crushed: What happened at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road railway station". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/crushed-what-happened-at-mumbais-elphinstone-road-railway-station/article19775921.ece. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  12. "India: At least 22 killed in Mumbai station stampede". Al Jazeera. 29 September 2017. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/india-21-killed-mumbai-station-stampede-170929065856723.html. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  13. "PM Modi Condoles Stampede Incident Near Mumbai's Elphinstone Station". NDTV. 29 September 2017. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-narendra-modi-condoles-stampede-incident-near-mumbais-elphinstone-station-1756742. 
  14. "Stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station". The Times of India. 29 September 2017. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/stampede-at-mumbai-elphinstone-railway-station/liveblog/60879786.cms. 
  15. "Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi condole Mumbai stampede deaths". The Economic Times. 29 September 2017. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/vice-president-m-venkaiah-naidu-pm-narendra-modi-condole-mumbai-stampede-deaths/articleshow/60881965.cms. 
  16. "22 dead, 35 injured in stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station" (in en). The Hindustan Times. 2017-09-29. http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/22-dead-35-injured-in-stampede-at-mumbai-s-elphinstone-road-station/story-oqPqfPrr7p0C9pE9W8SNPK.html. 
  17. "Mumbai stampede: No need for bullets, callousness kills - Times of India". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-stampede-no-need-for-bullets-callousness-kills/articleshow/60889173.cms. 
  18. "Indifference, callousness and lack of accountability caused the Elphinstone station disaster" (in en). The Hindustan Times. 2017-09-29. http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/indifference-callousness-and-lack-of-accountability-caused-the-elphinstone-station-disaster/story-RJj21MzvZPSmyw4ca3j1VP.html. 
  19. "A Letter, 100 Tweets Had Warned About Mumbai Bridge Where 22 Were Killed". NDTV.com. https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/a-letter-many-tweets-had-warned-about-mumbai-bridge-where-22-were-killed-1756836. 
  20. "Mumbai stampede tragedy could have been prevented" (in en-US). http://www.atimes.com/article/mumbai-rail-stampede-tragedy-prevented/. 
  21. Pai, Madhav. "The Mumbai rail stampede was waiting to happen. Here’s how we can prevent a similar tragedy" (in en-US). Scroll.in. https://scroll.in/article/852419/mumbai-rail-stampede-was-waiting-to-happen-heres-how-we-can-prevent-another-similar-tragedy. 
  22. "Elphinstone Road station stampede: Behind the tragedy, large-scale neglect of infrastructure" (in en-US). The Indian Express. 2017-09-30. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/elphinstone-road-station-stampede-behind-the-tragedy-large-scale-neglect-of-infrastructure-4867772/. 
  23. Nair, Arun (September 30, 2017). "Mumbai Stampede: PM Modi 'Liar', Won't Allow Bullet Trains In Mumbai, Says Raj Thackeray". NDTV. https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/raj-thackeray-blames-migrants-for-mumbai-stampede-that-left-22-dead-1757069. 
  24. Kumar, Ashna (September 30, 2017). "Raj Thackeray threatens Modi's bullet train dream, says will stall project". India Today. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/elphinstone-road-station-stampede-mumbai-raj-thackeray-pm-modi/1/1058930.html. 
  25. Eloise Stevens, Vidhi Doshi (29 September 2017). "Stampede at Indian train station kills at least 22". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/stampede-at-indian-train-station-kills-at-least-22/2017/09/29/704154c0-a50a-11e7-8c37-e1d99ad6aa22_story.html?utm_term=.499986018a58. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  26. Ghadyalpatil, Abhiram (2017-09-29). "Elphinstone station stampede kills 22, govt order probe, safety audit of foot overbridges". http://www.livemint.com/Politics/26gcicKXkLYvVMmr6A2AnL/Mumbai-stampede-kills-15-on-foot-overbridge-linking-Elphinst.html. 

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