4 injured in minor stampede in Mumbai’s Mulund

The incident on Friday morning after hundreds of young pharmacists turned up outside the office building of Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council to register themselves.

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2018 14:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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One person has sustained injuries in his ear and has been hospitalised.(HT File Photo/Used for representational purpose)

Four people were injured in a minor stampede on Friday morning during a pharmacists’ registration drive held at Veena Nagar in Mulund (west).

The incident occurred after hundreds of young pharmacists and their parents turned up outside the office building of the Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council, located on the fourth floor of R-square on LBS Road. All candidates who have a diploma or degree from pharmacy colleges in Maharashtra that are approved by the Pharmacy Council of India are required to register themselves from August 7.

“The online process of registration of pharmacists was to begin on August 7, and the council was conducting a registration and verification drive in their office as well,” said Shripad Kale, senior police inspector, Mulund police station.

Up to 250 to 300 freshly qualified pharmacists have been turning up daily, but on Friday, the numbers went up to 800, which led to chaos. “Around 9.15am, the building gates were still closed and there was a crowd when it started raining. Students and parents started running for cover to a small shed so that the documents don’t get damaged, and it led to a stampede,” Kale said.

While three people suffered minor injuries and were discharged after treatment, one person has sustained injuries in his ear and has been hospitalised. “He may have to undergo a surgery,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.

The police have deployed personnel at the council following the incident.

More details awaited.

First Published: Aug 03, 2018 14:20 IST