Two people have died and at least 14 others were injured in a “stampede-like situation” on a foot overbridge at Santragachi railway station in West Bengal today evening.
“Two persons have died and several have been injured. The state government would give Rs 5 lakh to the families of the dead. We would conduct an inquiry into the incident,” said Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal.
As per reports 2 children are among the injured.
The incident took place around 8 pm at Santragachi rail station, about 4 km from Howrah.
The announcement of two trains arriving simultaneously at the station triggered the stampede.
Mamta Banerjee said the foot over bridge was too narrow to handle the pressure of the passengers.
“The injured were rushed to the railway’s Howrah General Hospital,” said Sanjay Ghosh, spokesperson of South Eastern Railway of which Santragachi is a part.
He also said that the station has old infrastructure that is being modernised.
Incidentally, in September, a 50-year-old woman out for Durga Puja shopping, was killed when a concrete slab fell on her from a foot overbridge in the southern fringes of Kolkata.
“We would cooperate with the railways in sorting out coordination troubles, if there are any,” added the chief minister.