New Delhi, Sep 29: In one of the worst tragedies on the Mumbai suburban network, 22 commuters were killed and another 32 were hurt in a massive stampede on a narrow connecting foot over bridge between Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations. The calamity sparked off angry reactions on social media, with many questioning lapses vis-a-vis safety and security of commuters even as mega-projects like Bullet Trains are announced.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed condolences over the deaths caused by a stampede in Mumbai and said the situation was being monitored continuously. Naidu said he was shocked to learn about the incident. "My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones and wish a speedy recovery to the injured," he tweeted. The prime minister said Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was in Mumbai taking stock of the situation and ensuring all assistance. "My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured," Modi tweeted. "Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. @PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance," he added in another tweet. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told the media: "The stampede on the foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road railway station is a apublic massacre of the people by the government."
Aisi ghatnaon ke kaaran sarkaar badnaam ho chuki hai; log bohot pareshan hain: Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan
Wherever there is a need for foot over bridges to be widened, we will do it immediately on high priority: Piyush Goyal,Railway Minister.
I don't think any question has been raised on structural strength of bridge; the incident happened due to stampede: MoS Railways Manoj Sinha.
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