Howrah: Stating the reason behind the mishap, the Railway authority has come up with report that overcrowding at Santragachi station is the main reason behind the accident that took place on Tuesday evening.
As per initial report, at about 18:00 hrs on Tuesday evening, 14 (fourteen) passengers suffered injury and fell sick at Foot Over Bridge of Santragachi station due to overcrowding.
All of them have rushed to Howrah hospital.
At that time 12659 Nagercoil-Shalimar Gurudev Express, 68007 Howrah-Belda-Jaleswar MEMU, 18007 Shalimar-Bhanjpur Simlipal Express and 38823 Howrah-Midnapur EMU local had just passed the Santragachi station.
Moreover 58015 Howrah-Adra Passenger, 22853 Shalimar-Visakhapatnam Express, 22807 Shalimar-Chennai AC Express and 38917 Howrah-Amta local were about to leave the station.
Presence of passengers of eight trains at a time resulted in heavy rush at the Foot Over Bridge of Santragachi Station. About 14 passengers suffered injury and were admitted to Santragachi Railway Health Unit. Later, they have been shifted to Howrah General Hospital. Railway Doctors and Senior officers have rushed to Howrah Hospital for assisting the state administration.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to those injured in a stampede at a railway foot overbridge at Santragachhi station in Howrah.
Goyal in a statement said, “Railways would give ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of every deceased, Rs 1 lakh would be given to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered simple injuries.”
The stampede occurred around 6 p.m. when the passengers hurriedly tried to cross the foot overbridge between two platforms following an announcement of three trains coming simultaneously on two adjacent tracks.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the hospital where the injured were being treated, earlier announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh each to the injured.