Monday, November 29, 1999

Stampede at ND station not for the first time

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New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) It is not for the first time that people have lost lives in a stampede at New Delhi Railway station and the previous incident in 2004 too happened due to passengers pushing and jostling to catch Bihar-bound trains. Two persons were killed and eight injured this afternoon in a stampede triggered by a last minute change in platforms for two trains at the Station, facing summer rush. Six years ago on November 13, a similar stampede claimed the lives of five women, including a teenaged girl, when they jostled to get into Patna-bound Jan Sadharan Express to reach their native place. In 2004, Diwali, Eid-Ul-Fitr and Chhat come together within a span of one week time and there has been unusual surge of passengers for East-bound trains, especially for Bihar, from the capital. A last minute change in the platform, like what appeared to have happened this time, triggered a stampede with people falling over one another. Five persons were killed and ten others injured in that incident.

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