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Elphinstone stampede: Fadnavis announces Rs.5 lakh compensation for dead

SNS | New Delhi |

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the next of kin of the 22 people who died in the Mumbai stampede on Friday.

“₹5 lakh announced for the next of the kins of deceased and all the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by GoM (Government of Maharashtra) of deceased and all the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by GoM,” fadnavis tweeted.

“Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken,” he said in another tweet.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered a ‘high level enquiry’ headed by the Chief Safety Officer of Western Railways while Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Goyal would himself monitor the situation closely.

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 adding that 30 people were injured.

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

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.