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Stampede in Mumbai's Elphinstone Road Railway Station kills 22

01 October 2017

Apart from this, Goyal also said that railway bridges would now be categorised as a mandatory feature, and will be expected to have all safety norms in place.

In a statement released after a high-level meeting on Saturday, the railways also said in order to enhance its monitoring mechanism, CCTV cameras would be installed in all the suburban trains in Mumbai within 15 months and subsequently, across the country.

Another Sena MP, Rahul Shewale, said he wrote to former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in April 2015 demanding that the width of the overbridge where the stampede occurred should be widened for commuters' safety.

This narrowed the passage for people who wanted to use the bridge to move between the two stations. "But today, the fact the rains had slowed down the crowd and there were all kinds of rumours floating around, created panic among those who were on the foot-over-bridge", he said. He said inquiry report on the incident will come within 10 days.

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Police say a stampede at a Mumbai local train station has seriously injured at least 20 people amid heavy rains in the morning rush hours.

TV footage showed injured people lying on the ground and locals attempting to revive them by pumping their chests.

The stampede broke out on the bridge connecting two railway stations.

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Top officials of the Western Railway, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) have rushed to the spot to carry out investigations and rescue and relief work. Piyush Goyal was at the BMC-run KEM Hospital, where the bodies of the deceased who were killed in the tragedy were brought along with the injured who were brought there for treatment. "More than 30 people are injured", he told dpa news agency.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief and sorrow over the deaths in thestampede.

"There were thousands of people cramped in the six to eight feet gap on the bridge", Mishra said.

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Stampede in Mumbai's Elphinstone Road Railway Station kills 22