The horrific scenes and gruesome images of the Elphinstone stampede will be etched in our collective memory for several weeks and for the people have lost their loves today will endure these scars forever.
A story which stands out today is a story of three friends who help people in spite of the horror and the panic around them.
Rohit Pawar (21) and Viraj Sali (21) were waiting for mutual friend Sagar Jadhav (23), while they were waiting for him it began to rain; to shield themselves from the rain they took shelter on the Elphinstone Road pedestrian bridge which links Elphinstone station on the western side to the Parel station, towards the east.
When their friend Sagar arrived, they began to walk towards the staircase, they observed that many people had fallen and the people who were alive were still struggling to get out of the place.
It appeared that people were stuck in tiers, where there a layer of people piled up on the others. These boys were kind and humane. They immediately began to help people around them and lift up as many people as they could.
While performing this act of kindmness, they noticed that their fellow Mumbaikars were just bystanders to this incident who were busy clicking pictures on their phone, some of them were even making video recordings. They felt really bad about this.
Among them Sagar Jadhav spoke upo and said, “We were waiting on the bridge because it was raining, we hear a loud voice of a person, people began running but we slowly walked ahead.”
He added, “ We noticed that no one stepped forward to help the people around them, but, they were engaged in clicking pictures and making videos , even though we took the initiative to help as many people as we could, we belive many more people could have been saved. If people weren’t so occupied in ckilcking pictures, buit would rather help people who were in needed, mny more people would have not losttheir lives.”
When did we become so shallow so as to not help people who are in need and are cry out for help? This was a sadistic twisted thing to do. As this was a serious incident.
Whenever, an emergency or disaster occurs, if you can then do something to help people around you. If you can’t help them then don’t. But, don’t just be there clicking pictures and making videos as it is truly a terrible thing to do. Come forward and help people or just be as you are. Do not make a spectacle of something which is really unfortunate and already too horrific and grim to bear.