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Stampede toll rises to 18; 17 held for spreading rumours

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Last updated on: July 29, 2005 22:27 IST
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With the death of two more persons, the toll in Thursday's stampede incident at a suburban slum has risen to 18 even as 17 people were arrested on Friday for spreading rumours leading to the commotion in Nehrunagar and Subhashnagar in north-west Mumbai.

"Seventeen people have been arrested in two incidents of rumour-mongering in Nehrunagar on Thursday. We will take strictest action against rumour-mongers if such incidents come to light in the future," Police Commissioner A N Roy told PTI.

Rumours of a reservoir burst and a tsunami scare lead to the stampede in which 16 people, including eight children and seven women, died on Thursday night. Two of the injured are in a critical condition.

Terming Thursday's incident as a serious one, Roy stressed on stopping people from spreading rumours that may lead to casualities.

Police sources said, of the 17 arrested, six persons were travelling in a car and found spreading rumours in the Subhashnagar slums and it is suspected that they were a bunch of thieves planning to loot houses after residents fled homes.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil has warned of stern action against people spreading rumours.

In some other parts of the city, residents bashed up a few persons who were spreading rumours.

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