Mumbai: The Mumbai foot overbridge, a portion of which collapsed on Thursday night killing six people and leaving dozens injured, was earlier in news after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The bridge connecting Chhatarapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) platform 1 north end with BT Lane near The Times of India building was used by terrorist Ajmal Kasab and has been referred to as ‘Kasab’ bridge over the years.
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At least 166 people were killed and over 300 were left injured when ten heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan ran a rampage in Mumbai in 2008. The terror attack is regarded as one of the most horrific terrorist attacks on the soil of India.
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Kasab and his accomplice were photographed on the same bridge by photojournalist Sebastian D’Souza on November 26, 2008. D’Souza won the World Press Photo award for the close-up photograph of Kasab, holding an AK-47.
“I ran into the first carriage of one of the trains on the platform to try and get a shot, but as I could not get a good angle, moved to the second carriage and waited for the terrorists to walk by. I briefly had time totake a couple of frames. I think they saw me taking photographs, but didn’t seem to care,” the 67-year-old was quoted as saying in an earlier report.
On Thursday night, the foot overbridge collapsed around 7:30 PM during rush hour. “The incident took place as the bridge was overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes”, the BMC Disaster Control said. According to eye-witnesses, ‘it looked like ‘near death experience’ and ‘appeared as if a powerful bomb went off’.
Six persons, identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Anjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Tapendra Singh (28) and Mohan, died in the tragedy. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh to their kin has been announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Meanwhile, a high-level committee probe has also been ordered into the incident.