Elphinstone Road station stampede: Congress, Shiv Sena dub Railways probe report as ‘eyewash’

The opposition Congress and BJP’s ally Shiv Sena dubbed the findings of a panel that probed the Elphinstone Road station stampede an “eyewash” on Friday.

The five-member committee, led by Western Railway’s Chief Safety Officer S K Singla, said in its report that the stampede, in which 23 lives were lost, was triggered by heavy rains and “confusion”. “The situation got further aggravated when a bundle of flowers of a vendor dropped, followed by someone shouting that ‘majha phool padla’ (my flowers dropped) and some commuters mistook the word ‘phool’ (flowers) for ‘pull’ (bridge).

This may have possibly triggered panic and led to the stampede,” the report said.

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