Hours after the Mumbai stampede in which at least 22 people were killed and scores were injured, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnanvis, who was in Singapore at the time of the incident, visited KEM Hospital where the injured in the stampede were being treated. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met the injured and said that it was a very sad and serious incident. 

Mentioning that an inquiry will be conducted into the incident, Chief Minister Fadnavis also said, “Have given assurance to Railway Ministry that the state government and local administration will do everything needed.” 

The chief minister further added that the Railways ministry has started an audit of FOBs at stations so that similar incident is not repeated in the future.

The Maharashtra government received a lot of flak after a stampede took place around 9:30AM during the morning rush hour at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station north foot over bridge. Many people were killed and injured. Angry locals also voiced their concerns after the incident had taken place. 

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had also visited the stampede site and KEM hospital on September 29 and monitored the situation. He mentioned that a high level enquiry was ordered in the matter and the investigation will be headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways.

BJP leader and Maharashtra government minister Vinod Tawde announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of the dead. The government also announced it will also bear the medical expenses of those injured in the stampede.

While the rescue operation at the stampede site was underway, some reports also came out that the KEM hospital where the injured were being treated faced the shortage of blood to treat the victims. The hospital was facing the shortage of B- and AB-.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Ram Nath Kovind also expressed their sorrow on the incident. 

First Published | 30 September 2017 7:35 AM
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