Mumbai stampede: Death toll goes up to 22 in rush hour tragedy at Parel-Elphinstone Road overbridge

Nearly 22 people have been killed and over 20 injured in a stampede on a foot-over bridge at the Parel Railway Station, that connects Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations.

About 15 were declared brought dead, said Dr Pravin Bangar, senior medical officer at the KEM Hospital. The injured commuters have being rushed to nearby hospitals and a team of doctors is stationed at the spot.

With the rescue operation underway, several people are being treated with first aid at the station itself. According to some eye-witnesses, the panic started due to the arrival of two trains at the same time on opposite tracks.

Some reports also suggest that there was a rumour of the foot-over-bridge falling that prompted the panic rush.

A senior police officer said the officials swung into action without any delay on learning about the mishap. “Of the injured, 20 people have suffered serious injuries, rest have minor injuries. Can’t comment more right now,” said Niket Kaushik, GRP Commissioner.

Meanwhile, attacking the BJP government, Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Choudhary said, “Government (sic) not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains.”