A 35-year-old man died after he collapsed coughing at Pune railway station today. The police refused rumours of a stampede-like situation at the station due to the Diwali rush of passengers.
Police and railway authorities both ruled out any incident of stampede at the station (Photo: India Today)
By Pankaj P. Khelkar: A 35-year-old man died after he collapsed coughing at Pune railway station late Saturday evening, a railway police official said. The relatives of the deceased said that he was suffering from tuberclousis and he collapsed after coughing heavily even before boarding the train.
Police have sent the body of the man to Sassoon hospital for post-mortem examination.The man, who worked as a construction labourer and was reportedly suffering from tuberculosis, was to board the Pune-Danapur Express along with two friends, the official told PTI.
“At 9pm, while entering platform number 1 through the security gate, Sajan Manjhi started coughing and collapsed outside the platform. He was taken to Sassoon general hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival,” Inspector Pramod Khopikar said.
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Police and railway authorities both ruled out any incident of stampede at the station. However, it must be noted that due to the festive season, there was an extra footfall of passengers at the railway station today. Police said that the situation is under control and officials are on the station to maintain the crowd movement.
Refuting rumours of a stampede-like situation at the station due to the Diwali rush of passengers, he said Manjhi died at least 200 metres away from the main platform.
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