WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Sep 29, 2017, 06.24 PM
What exactly caused the stampede on the footover bridge at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station that led to the deaths of at least 22 people and injured 39?
Witnesses to the scene are now saying that it was either a "short circuit and explosion" or rumours that set off the melee.
PTI reported Riyaz Mohammad, who lost two friends in the tragedy, as saying he saw a short circuit and heard an explosion at the southern end of the foot overbridge.
PTI reported another eyewitness, Akhilesh Nirmal, as saying lightning caused by thunder triggered rumours of a short circuit.
"Around 10:25 am, I saw a short circuit and heard an explosion at the south-end of the foot overbridge (FOB) staircase. I saw a woman falling off and lying dead on the ground, which caused panic among people who started pushing each other," PTI reported Mohammed as saying.
NIrmal said people were sheltering under the FOB from the rain.
And that when the rains subsided, people rushed down. But that there were also people trying to climb up -- and that the end result was chaos.