One year of Elphinstone stampede: How Mumbai coped with it

Sep 29, 2018, 14:00 IST
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    The Elphinstone Station Stampede occurred on September 29, 2017 around 10.30 am that left 23 people dead and 39 people injured. It was reported that a rumour that the pedestrian bridge was collapsing is said to have caused the passengers to surge forwards to flee. A number of theories including, sudden rains, also were rife when the incident occurred

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    The incident occurred when four trains arrived simultaneously at the Elphinstone station. It was further raining at the time and there were already numerous people crammed into the narrow bridge. It was then said that someone had slipped and fell when passengers resumed their travel after the rain, leading to the stampede

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    As per witnesses, the six-to-eight-feet foot overbridge-people scrambled to get down the stairs, some climbed up to avoid being drenched and still others just remained under the bridge canopy to escape rains

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    According to a witness, the situation worsened as police and emergency officials did not respond immediately or enforce crowd control measures. The one force that helped resolve the situation swiftly was the BMCs rapid action force, that was present at the site and helped transport the dead and injured people to KEM hospital. The civic body's disaster management cell jumped into action, deploying ambulances, doctors, and paramedical staff as soon as officials got the distress call about stampede

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    The dead and injured were rushed to KMC hospital. In order to aid in the speedy identification of the victims, the hospital posted a banner outside the hospital with pictures of the victims. They had scribbled a number on the dead people's foreheads which led to an uproar

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    It were KEM doctors' shouts for blood and the Mumbai Police's tweet, appealing the same to the public at large, that stopped the day from becoming worse for those grievously injured in the stampede at Elphinstone Road station

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    Nearly 24 hours after the horror stampede on the foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road station on September 29, another injured victim breathed his last around 11 am the next day, raising the total toll to 23

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    Bodies could have been handed over to the families the same day if a sample post-mortem had been conducted; instead, cops and railway authorities demanded separate autopsies

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    While several commuters and volunteers rushed to help out in the rescue operation at Elphinstone Road station, there were a few sinister characters that preyed on the dead. This image shows two men stealing the bangles of a woman lying dead at the station

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    After the Elphinstone Stampede, RPF were deployed at the station and were required to monitor the crowds

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    According to Atul Shrivastav, IG of the Railway Protection Force, "The overbridge of Elphinstone station was overcrowded and due to rain it got slippery too. This caused panic and resulted in the stampede."

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    The Elphinstone stampede left such a strong impression on people's mind that two Ruia college students, who lost a friend in a railway accident, started an online petition, stressing that focus be put on improving facilities to avoid tragedies rather than ambitious projects

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    The Mumbaikars who died in the stampede at Elphinstone Road station; were killed by inept bureaucracy and crumbling infrastructure, incapable of ferrying 75 mn commuters daily. This image shows how the incident actually occurred

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    Victims who survived the Elphinstone station stampede have been scarred for life, reliving the horror of seeing death around them. Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic department at Parel's KEM hospital, had organised a press conference to answer to the queries regarding the post mortem of those who died in the stampede

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    The aftermath also resulted in London tube station-style yellow lines being painted on staircases leading to Kurla foot overbridges to demarcate entry and exit points for commuters

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    Amidst mass protest and considering the aftermath of the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, the authorities raced to improve railway safety. One such move was to alter the train schedules to include more slow trains

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    Teams of railway officials began audit of infrastructure at stations on the Central and Western lines, following directives of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal after the Elphinstone stampede

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    Politicians raked up the Elphinstone stampede issue. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray led a protest march in south Mumbai against the recent railway station stampede and bullet train project at metro cinema area. The MNS was demanding better railway infrastructure for commuters following the stampede

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind offered condolences to the bereaved families of the people who lost their lives in the horrific stampede at Elphinstone railway station in Mumbai

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    As soon as the incident occurred, Piyush Goyal, the Railway Minister faced a lot of flak for the lack of amenities. In light of the incident, the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced that his ministry and the Maharashtra Government will give Rs. five lakh as ex gratia to each of the families of the deceased who had lost their lives in the stampede 

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had expressed sadness over the Mumbai Stampede incident, assuring that strict action will be taken against the culprits

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    Former India opener Virender Sehwag posted a series of tweets, after people lost their lives in a stampede at the Elphinstone railway station and condoned the incident. He also asked for swift changes to railway amenities

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    Uddhav Thackeray also used the Elphinstone stampede to bring up the issue of people who died stampede. He made a speech at Shivaji Park against the BJP 

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    A year after the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, the railways have 30 new bridges -20 on the Central Railway and continued action on decongesting stations as suggested by mid-day's audit and also by the multi-disciplinary committee after the incident

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It's been a year since the Elphinstone stampede took place on September 29, 2017, which resulted in the death of 23 and left 38 people injured. Here's what happened in the incident that shook up Mumbai and authorities

 

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