No stampede at New Delhi Rly Station: Probe panel

The incident at New Delhi Railway Station, which claimed two lives and injured eight others, happened due to tripping of passengers at the foot-over bridge and not due to a stampede on the platform, Railways said on Monday night.

Updated: May 17, 2010, 21:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The incident at New Delhi
Railway Station, which claimed two lives and injured eight
others, happened due to tripping of passengers at the foot-over
bridge and not due to a stampede on the platform, Railways
said on Monday night.

"Prime facie it transpires that there was no stampede
like conditions on platform no 12 and 13," the high-powered
committee set up to probe it said in its preliminary report,
adding "the findings were arrived based on video footage
available through CCTV installed at the platforms."

The high-powered committee, which was constituted today,
submitted its initial report to the Railway Ministry after
preliminary investigation.

"It appears that it was probably some local condition
near the foot-over bridge (FOB) caused by unfortunate tripping
which may have resulted in the unfortunate incident," said the
report.

The high-powered three-member committee comprises
Braj Mohan, Additional Member (Commercial) Railway Board, S K
Malik, Additional Member (Civil Engineering) Railway Board and
P K Mehta, Additional Director General, RPF, Northern Railway.

Senior Railway officials had earlier in the day
indicated that some heads might roll for failing to prevent
yesterday`s incident.

Northern Railway is now planning to rope in services
of Delhi Police for better crowd management during the peak
season. It plans to engage Home Guards of Delhi Police at the
three major stations in the metropolis.

The sale of platform ticket was also stopped from
today to reduce crowding on platforms.

PTI