FIR lodged in Santragachi stampede incident

first_imgKolkata: The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Wednesday filed an FIR over the foot over-bridge stampede that happened at Santragachi junction on Tuesday.The Railways also said that it will form a four-member special committee comprising the heads of various departments to investigate the incident. The members visited the accident site on Wednesday afternoon and also interacted with the locals and daily commuters to understand the daily scenario. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe committee consists of Principal Chief Commercial Manager P K Sahu, Principal Chief Engineer J N Laldas, Principal Chief Security Commissioner S C Parhi and Chief Safety Officer G K Dwivedy from South Eastern Railway. The committee will also look into the allegation regarding a change of platform of trains. According to sources, the Railways authority has denied allegations regarding the announcement on change of platforms from their end. A Railways official stated that nothing could be stated before the inquiry ends. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDaily commuters alleged that Santragachi station is not equipped with sufficient infrastructure and despite that, the Railway authority has been using the station as a full-fledged junction. “Santragachi station needs at least two more foot over-bridges to cater daily commuters. A huge number of commuters use Santragachi station daily,” said a regular commuter. On Wednesday, the South Eastern Railway informed that the authority will bear the entire cost of treatment for the injured passengers. Railway doctors are attending the injured passengers since last Tuesday evening to provide all necessary support for the treatment that is being undertaken at the hospital. Meanwhile, late on Tuesday night, Indian Railways declared compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the family members of the deceased. Persons with grievous injuries will be given Rs 1 lakh each and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries. On Tuesday evening, two persons were killed and 12 others injured after a stampede occurred at Santragachi station. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the accident spot at Santragachi and Howrah State General Hospital. She declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to families of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for each injured person before the Indian Railways announced their compensation. She also informed that the state government will do a separate probe into the matter. Locals informed that three trains came almost at the same time on platforms 1, 2 and 3 respectively. The Railway authority changed the platform number for the trains at the last moment. As no advance announcement was made, a large number of passengers tried to reach their respective platforms using the foot over-bridge to avail their trains which led to the rush, resulting in the stampede.last_img

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