A viral video from the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai has led the police to investigate if a female victim was allegedly molested seconds before her death.
The video allegedly shows the woman being molested by a bystander, who was pretending to help the trapped people, as she lay atop a pile of victims on the foot overbridge (FOB). The woman can be seen reaching out weakly for help before her hand drops and she breathes her last.
The police are collecting more footage recorded by locals and other commuters to confirm whether the man was taking advantage of the woman or helping the people who were trapped.
Meanwhile, visuals have emerged showing some people allegedly stealing ornaments from another victim of the stampede, prompting the Mumbai police to launch a probe.
The victim, Sumalata Shetty, was among the 23 people who lost their lives in the deadly crush at the Elphinstone Road station in the city on Friday.
The police action comes after photographs and videos of unidentified persons stealing ornaments from Shetty's body went viral on social media. While there were Samaritans who helped the injured in the time of distress, some others saw an opportunity to make a quick buck in the face of tragedy.
"Acting on the visuals which were circulated on social media, we have initiated an investigation in the ornament theft case," Dadar ACP Sunil Deshmukh said. "No complaint in connection with the theft has been lodged as of yet, but we took sue motto cognizance and have started the investigation," he added.
The officer said CCTV footage of the spot is being examined. The police are also checking some mobile phone clips, which were recorded by commuters at the time of the stampede.