Several personalities from the film fraternity took to Twitter to express shock and sadness over the death of 22 people at a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station.
Elphinestone stampede: R Madhavan, Riteish Deshmukh, Raveena Tandon express shock
Mumbai - 29 Sep 2017 16:00 IST
The Dussehra weekend in Mumbai began on a shocking and sad note with the tragedy at Elphinstone Road railway station resulting in the death of 22 people, with more than 50 injured.
The shocking incident, said to be a result of poor infrastructure and badly maintained railway facilities, occurred on Friday (29 September) morning during the peak travelling hours.
Several eye-witnesses reported hearing a loud sound at the railway station, which caused a panic and led to a stampede on the foot over bridge. Among the dead is a 11-year-old boy. The incident sent shockwaves throughout the country and several celebrities like Raveena Tandon, Hansal Mehta, Diana Penty and R Madhavan have taken to Twitter to vent their anger and frustration at the incident.
Director Shekhar Kapoor blamed politics of the country by saying "Our politics today are measured in the cost of human lives."
Our politics today are measured in the cost of human lives #elphinstone— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 29, 2017
He went on to add "A city you can't breathe, u can't find a place to live, you risk your life travelling to work. A city of dreams or a city of nightmares?"
A city u cant breathe, u cant find a place to live, you risk ur life traveling to work. City of Dreams or City of Nightmares? #elphinstone— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 29, 2017
Actor Vivek Oberoi sent in his prayers and condolences for families of the deceased.
So tragic and saddening to hear about the #Elphinstone stampede, my prayers and deepest condolences to the families of all the victimsð— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) September 29, 2017
Lucknow Central actress Diana Penty called the situation 'unfair' and said the city needs better infrastructure.
This is just so unfair. In a city that’s bursting at the seams, we NEED better infrastructure. Prayers for those affected today #Elphinstone— Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) September 29, 2017
R Madhavan, who has been residing in Mumbai since before his rise to fame, called the incident 'heartbreaking'.
Oh my God ... HEARTBREAKING.. will getting over this without making an improvement or dramatic change, be indifference or resilience? https://t.co/JuFS37sagJ— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) September 29, 2017
Even Malayalam superstar Mohanlal sent in his condolences on hearing the news.
While some, like Boman Irani and Ajay Devgn, called on their fans and followers to step in and help those affected by the incident.
Even actress Raveena Tandon stepped in, calling the loss of lives 'avoidable'.
Tragic . Deepest condolences to the victims families .an avoidable tragedy . Very unfortunate. https://t.co/LQTiVn5I5F— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) September 29, 2017
The director of realist movies like Omerta and Shahid, Hansal Mehta did not spare the government in his tweet. "Governments are busy renaming stations, roads and landmarks — but they don't give a damn about the city itself. And we keep electing them," he tweetd.
Governments are busy renaming stations, roads and landmarks - but they don't give a damn about the city itself. And we keep electing them.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 29, 2017
Actor Riteish Deshmukh also tweeted saying "Wake up!! This is not the price to pay to learn a lesson"
Weak infra Overcrowded bridges/Places = Ticking Time Bombs.. Wake up!! This is not the price to pay to learn a lesson #Elphinstone— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 29, 2017
For now, the victims and the injured have been rushed to Mumbai's KEM hospital. Piyush Goel, minister for Railways has announced a high level enquiry on the cause of the accident. However, it will do little to console the anger of a city that has for long been ignored.