Elphinstone Stampede: People May Have Mistakenly Heard 'The Bridge has Fallen'

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| October 4 , 2017 , 15:25 IST

Days after the Mumbai stampede near Elphinstone Road station, a report has suggested that the incident was triggered after people mistook 'Phool' (flower) for 'Pul' (bridge), and thought that the bridge was falling.

On Tuesday, 19-year-old stampede survivor Shilpa Vishwakarma told the railway inquiry panel that she heard a flower seller, who slipped on the stairs say 'Phool gir gaya' and suggested that people may have mistaken it for 'pul gir gaya' (the bridge has fallen), reported Times of India.

Vishwakarma was going to attend her coaching when she was stuck in the middle of the staircase as the crowd on the bridge started to swell and she was trapped.

After she was rescued from the stampede, Vishwakarma was rushed to the KEM Hospital where she was told she had suffered some injuries on her hands, legs, back and stomach and was discharged the same day.

The survivor's statement comes on the first day of the three-member panel probing into the incident. The panel, headed by the Western Railway's chief security officer was set up by the railway ministry.

Vishwakarma was the only one to have appeared before the panel on its first day.

Earlier, Dadar police had also conducted their inquiry, during which they recorded the statements of around 20 witnesses. Four of the witnesses in the police inquiry support Vishwakarma's story of the incident.

On the other hand, as ordered by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, a team consisting of railways, BMC and security agency officers visited a number of western and central railway stations to identify the problems and suggest solutions.

A Western Railway spokesperson said that the team inspected 13 stations - Churchgate, Marine Lines, Matunga Road, Mahim, Vile Parle, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Bhayander, Naigaon, Virar, Palghar and Dahanu during peak hours."