Darjeeling, Oct 23: The death toll in the wooden footbridge collapse rose to 32 after the recovery of five more bodies in Bijonbari area of West Bengal\'s Darjeeling district. Darjeeling District Magistrate Soumitra Mohan told that more than 132 people have got injured in the wooden footbridge collapse. The overburdened British-era wooden suspension bridge on Little Rangeet River in Bijonbari a spring gave way under pressure of a crowd during a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) meeting nearby at Bijanbari on Saturday.
GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told that a cultural programme was being held on one side of the bridge while a meeting was being held on the other. Too many people were standing on it when it collapsed and they fell into the river below.
Giri added that around 50-60 people have been rescued by the locals, army, fire brigade personnel and the police. The rescue operations, which were halted Saturday night, were resumed Sunday morning. The injured peoples have been admitted in Bijonbari and Darjeeling hospitals.
Chief Medical Officer Health (CMOH) of Darjeeling Subir Bhowmick told that more than 60 people were injured and some seriously injured have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College Hospital at Siliguri. A defence ministry spokesperson told that 40 troops of the army\'s Mountain Brigade have been rushed to the site with medical and nursing officials after a request from the district magistrate.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would likely to visit the site of the collapsed bridge along with Railway Minster Dinesh Trivedi and Union Minister of State for Health Sudip Bandopadhyay on Sunday.
Chief Minister Banerjee told in Kolkata that she was shocked over the tragic incident. She assured that government will do everything it can. She told that government would bear the cost of the treatment of the injured and pay compensation to the next of kin of the dead.