In a tragic accident, at least 22 people lost their lives in a stampede that occurred on a foot-over bridge at Parel railway station in Mumbai, police said on Friday adding that 30 people were injured.

“Death of 22 people has been confirmed,” Anil Saxena, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Indian Railways said.

Meanwhile, mayor of Mumbai, V Mahadeshwar said that of the 22 dead, 14 were male and 8 were female. He further said that over 30 people were injured in the accident.

The accident occurred on the bridge connecting Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations at around 10.30 am during peak rush hour, police added.

All the injured have been rushed to nearby KEM hospital and rescue operations are underway.

The cause of the stampede on the narrow footover bridge was not known, but eyewitnesses claimed that a sudden rumour of a suspected electrical short-circuit sparked off a panic.

Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai to flag off 60 new suburban train services for city commuters.