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Mumbai stampede is a man-made tragedy: Twitter has proof

Elphinstone Road stampede: Congress rubbishes Raj Thackeray's 'outsider influx caused incident' claim; says Indians

Commuters stand under a pedestrian bridge where a stampede took place at the Elphinstone local station, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 29 September 2017. "I have also given an order of a complete safety and capacity audit of all Foot over-bridges across the Suburban train network as Mumbai has several such congested foot over-bridges".

The PIL alleged the issue of the Elphinstone Road bridge being too narrow had been raised by citizens time and again but the government and the railways failed to take action.

Heavy rains meant the bridge was even more crowded than usual, as some sought shelter from the downpour under the canopy covering the bridge, said lawmaker Shaina Nana Chudasama of the governing Bhartiya Janata Party.

According to railway officials, the stampede was triggered around 10:30AM when a person climbing down the stairs lost balance. The tragedy reportedly happened when four trains came at the same time and people rushed to their respective trains.

NCP leader Supriya Sule took to Twitter to express her condolences on the Elphinstone bridge tragedy.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also assured that all suburban stations in Mumbai would be inspected within a week.

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Railway experts and daily commuters, however, believe the railways are to blame, citing that the footbridges are unequipped to handle the daily crowds.

Instead, he visited the KEM Hospitals and met the kin of the dead and the injured and held discussions with senior railway officials.

The incident occurred due to over-crowding at the station.

Locals have voiced concern about the condition of Mumbai's infrastructure as the government moves forward to introduce bullet trains in the region.

PM Modi also said that the situation was being monitored continuously and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was in the city taking stock of the situation.

Cops were trying to control the crowd of commuters. The police are investigating reports that a short-circuit caused a loud sound near the bridge and led to panic and chaos.

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