Elphinstone stampede: Railways not celebrating Dussehra

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Mumbai: At least 22 people were killed and several injured in a rush hour stampede on foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations on this Friday Morning.

There was no pre-festival illumination of the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) as railway employees joined the city in mourning the Elphinstone Road station tragedy by not celebrating Dussehra festival.

Late last night Mumbaikars took out a candle march on the Elphinstone railway bridge and prayed for the departed souls.”All our staff, officers are saddened and they have spontaneously taken a call not to celebrate Dussehra,” chief spokesperson of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar told to media.

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Chief spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said the Central Railway employees too are not celebrating the festival today.

He said, “It is a call taken by railway employees and officers on their own not to celebrate the festival owing to the tragic incident.”While the CSMT station is illuminated ahead of every festival, the building wore a gloomy look last night.