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Rly panel blames rains, rumours for stampede

DNMUM398507 | 10/12/2017 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :681 | Mumbai

Mumbai: Amidst the massive public outcry over narrow and encroached foot-over-bridges (FOBs) and at the apathy of the Railways, a five-member committee probing the causes of the Elphinstone Road station stampede, in which 23 people were killed, has absolved railway officials of any blame for the tragedy.
The panel headed by Western Railway (WR) Chief Security Officer S K Singla has, instead, blamed sudden rains and rumours of a ‘bridge collapse’ for the stampede in its enquiry report.
The report, which has been submitted to Western Railway General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta, includes statements of 30 people who were stuck in the crowd, railway staff such as the station master and ticket booking staff, and RPF and GRP personn
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