On Friday, Mumbai was shaken by the tragic news of a stampede on a narrow foot overbridge (FOB) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain. Police confirmed that as many as 22 persons were killed and over 30 injured in the incident.
It was raining in Mumbai since morning. When it rains heavily in Mumbai, it brings back the old fear. This morning saw another tragedy in Mumbai when it was raining heavily.
MUMBAI: At least 22 people were killed and several injured in a rush hour stampede on a foot over-bridge (FOB)
linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations in Mumbai this morning.
It was raining heavily since morning in Mumbai, but the metropolis was on the move. Lakhs of Mumbaikars
boarded the local trains to reach their workplaces. Parel is one of the big hubs in Mumbai.
Parel has turned into a major business centre in Mumbai over the years. The hundreds of office
complexes have come up in recent times attracting huge number of people every day.
The rush hour sees thousands of people getting down from local trains at Elphinstone Road station and
use the foot over-bridge to reach suburban rail network at Parel.
AT ELPHINSTONE ROAD STATION
It was like any other day at the foot-bridge, whose health has not been good. Commuters had been
complaining about the upkeep of the foot over-bridge. During rains, the foot over-bridge and stairs
were usually drenched and slippery.
At around 10.40 today, when the incident took place the foot over-bridge was heavily crowded. People
were standing on the stairs and on the foot over-bridge waiting for the rains to stop. But, in the
meanwhile, more and more people kept coming to the foot over-bridge in trains after trains.
Hundreds of commuters kept piling on while none seemed to leave the Elphinstone Road station or the
foot over-bridge that connected Parel suburban railway station.
A WOMAN SLIPS AND STAMPEDE FOLLOWS
Suddenly a woman standing in the front row slipped on the rain-drenched stairs. Three-four others
commuters also slipped and it then led to pandemonium at the foot over-bridge and then at major portion
of the Elphinstone Road station. Soon, there was a stampede at Elphinstone Road station resulting in
more than 20 deaths and over 30 injured.
Police suspect that a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot over-bridge created panic causing
the first few victims slip causing alarm and people started running as if to escape some calamity.
A Twitter user with handle @RoadsofMumbai had posted a video some half-an hour prior to the incident
showing how the rainwater fell on stairs at Elphinstone Road station due to poor maintenance.