Police finds 30 backpacks of victims

Police had to identify the owners of the bags by verifying the documents

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Police finds 30 backpacks of victims


As most of the stampede victims at Elphinstone Road station were office goers, many of them were carrying either backpacks or hand purses. After the victims were taken to hospital, the police collected at least baggage belonging to at least 30 such workers. The police stored all the luggage in the railway ticket counter office located just next to the staircase where stampede took place.

The police also had to identify the owners of the bags by verifying the documents inside. After an hour or two, when news of the stampede spread, the mobile phones inside the bags went off. The police asked callers to visit KEM hospital.

"All the mobile phones had passwords due to we could not use the phones. We were answering calls and asking them to visit KEM hospital," said Sopan Khetmalis, GRP officer.

Till evening, at least seven victims' luggage was retrieved by relatives. At least three names matched with the casualties list, and some with the list of injured.

Several people had came to KEM hospital and to the FOB searching for relatives who regularly use the bridge.

The family of Satyendra Kanojia, after searching all day, learned that Kanojia was in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

"Till evening we had no idea about my brother. Around 5 p.m. I came to know that he is admitted here in hospital. We do not know about his condition," said Kanojia's brother, Rajendra.

Brito Fernandes, a resident of Virar, had come to look for his neighbour who died in the mishap. "He is 62 year old and would sell flowers at the market. He had come to sell the flowers," he said.

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