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Two die, 14 injured in stampede at Santragachi station in West Bengal

Google Maps image locates Santragachi Junction in West Bengal.

Google Maps image locates Santragachi Junction in West Bengal.  

Jostling as three trains arrive at same time; Mamata orders inquiry, announces relief.

At least two persons were killed and 14 injured in a stampede at the Santragachi railway station in Howrah district of West Bengal on Tuesday. The stampede occurred on a foot overbridge between platforms two and three at the station when three trains, two EMU trains and one express train, arrived at the same time.

According to a spokesperson of the South Eastern Railway, the Nagercoil-Shalimar Express and two EMU locals arrived at the station at the same time, while the Shalimar-Visakhapatnam Express and the Santragachi-Chennai Express were scheduled to arrive. The stampede occurred around 6.30 p.m. when a large number of passengers pushed and jostled to board and de-board the trains, an eyewitness said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the spot and raised questions about the “negligence and callousness” of railway authorities. She claimed that an announcement on shifting of a platform of a train resulted in the stampede.

“Why should there be back-to-back incidents,” she said, referring to the Amritsar train accident. Ms. Banerjee visited the injured at the Howrah State General Hospital.

She ordered an inquiry into the incident. Ms. Banerjee announced an ex gratia of ₹ 5 lakh to the families of the deceased.

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