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Miscreants looted dead victims during Mumbai stampede

Miscreants looted dead victims during Mumbai stampede
MUMBAI, SEP 29 (UNI):-A view of the narrow foot overbridge (FOB) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations, after stampede, in Mumbai during heavy rain on Friday morning.UNI PHOTO-93u

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police came across social media visuals which showed that miscreants had looted the dead victims of Mumbai stampede. When people were being crushed down to death, these robbers did not hesitate from doing the shameful act.

The Mumbai Police said visuals show miscreants stealing jewellery and ornaments from one of the dead victims of the Mumbai stampede, reports India Today.

At least 23 people died on Friday in Mumbai after a stampede on a narrow foot overbridge that connects the Elphinstone Road station on the Western Railway to Parel on the Central line. The railways, in a statement released last evening, blamed rains, overcrowding and the spread of rumours for the tragedy.
Commuters and passersby were among the first to react to the deadly stampede.

Also Read: Mumbai’s Elphinstone station stampede: At least 23 dead, 60 injured

A probe was launched into the theft matter, Mumbai police said. The visuals show some identified persons stealing jewellery from the dead body of one of the Elphinstone Road stampede victims. The victim was identified as a woman named Sumalata Shetty.

“Acting on the visuals which were circulated on social media, we have initiated an investigation in the ornament theft case,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dadar, Sunil Deshmukh said.

“No complaint in connection with the theft has been lodged as of yet, but we took sue motto cognizance and have started the investigation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday chaired a safety-review meeting in wake of Friday’s stampede. Goyal announced that general managers of railway divisions have been empowered to spend “whatever is necessary on [sic] safety”.