Cardinal of Mumbai “anguished” after train station stampede leaves 22 dead

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, said he was "anguished and deeply pained" after a stampede at a Mumbai train station left 22 people dead, and over 30 others seriously injured. Over 3,000 people die in accidents on the Mumbai rail network every year.
MUMBAI, INDIA - At least 22 people died during a Friday morning stampede at a train station in Mumbai, after a crowd surged on a narrow overpass. Thirty others were seriously injured in the incident.
Heavy rains caused more people than usual to be on the overpass between Elphinstone and Parel stations, and was probably a contributing factor when a few people slipped, aggravating the crowd surge.


Mumbai Police refusing permission for Holy Week religious services

Mumbai: Christians in the city are miffed with the Mumbai Police for refusing them permission to gather for the Holy Week religious services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the following Saturday, to call in the Easter celebrations. Many churches who organise the services in open grounds, which are attached to church-run schools, fall in silent zones, and have thus been denied permission as the services will involve use of loudspeakers.

“Several churches in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have informed us that they have not been given the written permission to hold the services. Some police stations have said that they will not give anything in writing and will only act if someone complains,” said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of Archdiocese of Bombay, adding that the police have cited the noise pollution rules. “But it is unfair because the schools will be on holiday.”


Shiv Sena wants NDA to consider RSS chief Bhagwat as President of India

mohan-bhagwat.jpgMumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagat’s name should be considered for the next President of India. The Presidential election is due in July.

Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said if the dream of a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu nation) has to be fulfilled, then Bhagwat should be made President. According to Raut, the BJP has selected and appointed chief ministers associated with the RSS and they shouldn’t shy away from nominating Bhagwat for President.