http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Politics/Nation/articleshow/5938514.cms Stampede at New Delhi railway station kills 2, over 15 injured 17 May 2010, 0216 hrs IST,ET Bureau NEW DELHI: A stampede at the New Delhi railway station, which left two dead and more than 15 injured, is set to turn into a political tussle ahead of the Bihar elections. A change of platforms for two Bihar-bound trains at the last moment triggered the incident in which a woman and a child were killed and several others injured. The incident is likely to spark off a political row, with the Bihar elections likely to be held by the year-end. The NDA is most likely to point an incriminating finger at the UPA government and its railway minister Mamata Banerjee for not paying enough attention to the management of the railways. The minister, for her part, has instructed officials to ensure that strict action is taken against those responsible for the stampede. The railway minister has ordered a probe into the stampede and has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 15,000 for those with minor injuries. Ms Banerjee was quick to react to the incident. But she refused to blame the railways. â€œIt is not the failure of the administration. People are responsible for such chaos. It is difficult to control such situations,â€ Ms Banerjee said from Kolkata. Her statement seems to be an attempt to duck the blame for the incident in the wake of what appeared to be a case of last-minute change in plans. The stampede occurred at around 2:45 PM after an announcement was made about the change of platforms for Delhi-Muzaffarpur Sapt Kranti Express and Delhi-Bhagalpur Vikramsila Express. A 35-year-old woman Soni, hailing from Bhagalpur, and a boy, about 10-12 years of age, who is yet to be identified, died in the incident. A three-member committee of the senior divisional commissioner, operating commissioner and senior divisional commercial manager will look into the matter. The railways confirmed that a high-level enquiry had been ordered into the stampede, but added that over-crowding and heavy rush led to the incident. The Delhi police also said the stampede took place after last minute changes in the platform numbers. The matter could be brought up in a big way by the NDA, which will make out a case for negligence on part of the railways. Ms Banerjee has already come in for considerable flak for devoting a large part of her time and efforts to West Bengal politics rather than the running of the Indian Railways. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit mourned the deaths at the New Delhi station. The injured were taken to the LNJP hospital in the Capital for treatment.