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Several injured as footover bridge collapses at Bhopal railway station

14-02-2020

Bhopal,
Several people were injured after a foot-over bridge collapsed at the Bhopal Railway Station in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday morning. The injured were mostly the passengers who were standing under the structure. Following the incident, ambulances were called in by railway officials to take the injured to the Hamidia Hospital for treatment.

The Bhopal railway division has ordered a high-level probe into the incident.“Eight people are injured. Our team is investigating the matter. A team of doctors and our railway team is looking after the injured, they are being given medical help,” IA Siddiqui, Railway PRO told reporters. “They will be given compensation as per the rules of the Railways depending on the injury as stated by doctors’ report,” he added.

One of the injured persons was reported to be critical and was referred to the government-run Hamidia Hospital here, West Central Railway, Jabalpur, Chief Public Relations Officer Priyanka Dixit said. According to the state’s PR minister PC Sharma, the CM has directed for Rs 50,000 assistance to the critically injured and Rs 10,000 to others who were injured. 

Senior railway officials, local BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang, and state railway police officials have rushed to the spot. The state government will write to the Centre and Ministry of Railways to immediately get all such bridges in Bhopal and elsewhere in the state properly inspected and repaired to avert any such mishaps in the future.

In a tweet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath called the incident “unfortunate”. “At Bhopal Railway Station, the collapse of a portion of overbridge is extremely tragic. Some people have been injured in the accident. Wish a speedy recovery to those injured. Officials concerned have been directed to offer assistance,” he wrote in Hindi. Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also tweeted “Initially I got to know from TV channels that two persons had died in the mishap. But fortunately, no casualties took place.”

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