PIL for NIA probe in Elphiston stampede

    Mumbai, Oct 4:  Five days after the tragedy at Elphinstone railway station in Central Mumbai, the Bombay High Court has posted an urgent hearing of a fresh Public Interest Litigation (PIL) till Thursday that seeks a criminal probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the stampede.
    This is the third PIL being filed in the matter related to the Elphinstone stampede and has been filed by a businessman and President of the Republican Pravasi Group, Faisal Banaraswala and Abdul Qureshi who claimed that last Friday stampede should be probed to find out whether the act was a mild terror attack.
    Thirteen teams from the Central and Western Railways, civic bodies and the police began safety audits of more than 100 railway stations on the city’s suburban network, yesterday.
    According to officials, the teams will inspect every station during the peak hours to understand the safety issues.
    In the marathon meetings conducted on September 29 and 30, in the aftermath of the Friday’s Elphinstone Road station stampede, which killed 23 people, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had directed both the zonal railways to form multidisciplinary bodies as early as possible and conduct safety audits of the suburban railway stations within ten days.