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Central Railway officials welcome BMC inquiry into Mumbai bridge collapse

Mumbai | Central Railway officials on Friday said they stood vindicated after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief Ajoy Mehta instituted an inquiry into the collapse of the FOB connected to CSMT station, which killed six persons and injured 31.

The collapse of the foot overbridge, used by thousands of railway commuters daily to get into CSMT station, had given CR a steady stream of social media brickbats since Thursday evening despite the railwaymen claiming that the FOB belonged to the civic body.

“Top BMC officials have admitted that the bridge was under the civic body’s jurisdiction and maintenance. CR had not role to play in building it or maintaining it. Therefore, the question of police booking railway officials for negligence in connection with the FOB collapse does not arise,” a senior CR official told PTI.

The Mumbai police has taken a case at Azad Maidan police station under section 304A (negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code following the incident.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singe, also Mumbai police spokesperson, said, “Firstly, we will verify what responsibility the BMC has and what responsibility Central Railway has (in connection with the collapsed FOB). Based on findings, we will take a call.”

The CR official, meanwhile, said it was not the time for a blame game among government agencies, adding that the railways had deployed its resources like medical staff and RPF personnel for post-collapse relief and rescue work.

He claimed railway officials were ready to prove their innocence in case they were asked to do so by police during their probe.

Earlier in the day, in a meeting chaired by BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, it was decided that the civic body’s Chief Engineer (Vigilance) would conduct an inquiry into the causes that led the Thursday incident.

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