Four people sustained minor injuries in a stampede during a recruitment rally at INS Hamla in Malad (West) for Senior Secondary Recruits (SSR) on Friday morning.
“The incident occurred around 5.30 am, when people gathered in far greater numbers than expected,” said senior inspector Milind Khetale of the Malwani police station.
Owing to overcrowding in the queues, candidates started pushing each other and a stampede ensued. Additional policemen were deployed to control the situation, Khetale added.
“We were expecting a good response from volunteers. However, the response was overwhelming and chaos ensued in the early hours. This was subsequently handled efficiently by the local police and Navy officials,” said captain DK Sharma, chief public relations officer, Navy..
Four sustained minor injuries during the stampede. They have been admitted to the Naval hospital inside INS Hamla, said Khetale.
The ministry of defence issued a statement on Friday afternoon, “Adequate arrangements for crowd control have been made in collaboration with the Mumbai police. Due to some overenthusiastic candidates trying to enter the premises before others, there was crowding at the main gate.”
The examination is currently in progress in shifts, and will continue till all eligible candidates bearing valid documents are examined. The ministry also clarified that no changes have been made in the minimum educational qualifications for the drive.