Santragachhi footbridge stampede: Railways form committee to investigate incident

Railways Railways will form a special committee comprising of heads of various departments to investigate Tuesday's footbridge stampede incident at Santragachi railway station in West Bengal.

Santragachhi footbridge stampede: Railways form committee to investigate incident

HOWRAH: Railways Railways will form a special committee comprising of heads of various departments to investigate Tuesday's footbridge stampede incident at Santragachi railway station in West Bengal.

One person was killed, and 14 people were injured after an express train and two Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) locals arrived at the station together and passengers rushed to the platforms to board the trains.

According to a South Eastern Railway spokesman Sanjay Ghosh, the Nagercoil-Shalimar Express and two EMU locals arrived at the station, while Shalimar-Vishakhapatnam Express and Santragachi-Chennai Express at around 6.30 pm.

The incident occurred between platform numbers two and three at Santragachi station of South Eastern Railway, about 10 km from Howrah station, he said.

Announcing a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs1 lakh to those injured in the stampede West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Railways is the main lifeline of the nation and it should not be derailed. Railways must take proper care for passengers. I can`t blame railways. Let them investigate. If there is a rush, they must clear it."

The injured persons were taken to Howrah General Hospital for treatment, three others were administered first aid at the station, he said.