Stampede at Surat railway station due to heavy rush ; One dead, several injured

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Chaos was observed at the Surat railway station in Gujarat on Saturday as individuals, eager to return home for the festivals, hurriedly tried to board a special train bound for Bihar. 

This resulted in a situation resembling a stampede, leading to the unfortunate death of one person and causing injuries to several others.

Reports indicate that a stampede occurred at Surat railway station as passengers gathered to board the Tapti Ganga Express train. The incident resulted in some individuals losing consciousness, experiencing panic attacks, and feeling dizzy due to the chaotic situation. Tragically, one person lost their life in the stampede, while two others were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

According to a senior police officer, a passenger experienced a cardiac episode. However, with the timely intervention of a police personnel who was present at the station, the man’s life was saved as CPR was performed on him. He was then immediately taken to a hospital for further medical attention.

As per the information received, an individual approximately 40 years old collapsed amidst the chaos and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the doctors at the hospital pronounced the person deceased upon arrival.

Medical officer informed, one individual passed away due to overcrowding and the cause of death will be determined through post-mortem examination. Additionally, two other passengers are currently receiving treatment for breathlessness. Despite the police’s best efforts to manage the crowd, they were unable to control the influx of people attempting to board the special train.

The Western Railway has announced that it has implemented various strategies to handle the surge in passengers during the festive period. These measures consist of operating special trains from Surat and Udhna stations, as well as increasing the presence of Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force personnel for enhanced security and crowd control.

Additionally, a total of 46 special trains will be running to different destinations during the festival season, with 27 of them either originating from or passing through Surat and Udhna railway stations.