According to DNA, four casualties were reported. The injured were taken to a naval hospital inside INS Hamla.
PTI quoted a statement by the Indian Navy as saying, “There was a recruitment rally at INS Hamla, Malad this morning for SSR that is, Senior Secondary Recruits. We were expecting a good response from volunteers. However the response was overwhelming and crowd control created a bit of confusion (in the early hours) which was subsequently handled very efficiently by the local police and Navy officials.”
Candidates have alleged that they were lathi-charged when they protested about the cut offs being arbitrarily increased from 50% to 60%.
“We came from so far away and now we are not being given chance, some even slept here. Now they are not being allowed to sit for exam,” a student said.
The police, however, denied the allegations and said, “There was no lathi-charge, people got injured because the crowd was massive,”
The navy has clarified saying that they did not intend to refuse people and that their drive will continue till all those who are qualified have been entertained.
“Just to control crowd, we called in people with 60% and over inside the gate,” said D.K. Sharma (PRO Navy) on INS Hamla stampede.
The situation has since been under control, they said.
(with PTI inputs)