New Delhi: 12 bogies of New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (12236 ) derailed near Chapra in Bihar early Thursday.
7 passengers are feared dead while 8 others are said to be injured.
The accident occurred at around 2:05 am between Chapra and Goldiganj stations, minutes after it left Chapra station.
According to Arunendra Kumar the 12 bogies that derailed are passenger coaches and engine of the train.
Five coaches: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and pantry car – overturned in the derailment while seven other coaches – B-5 to B-10 and the power car – got derailed at the station, about 75 kms from Patna, according to Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena.
While the exact reason of the derailment is yet to ascertained, railway authorities haven’t ruled sabotage as one of the possible causes. This is in view of a bandh called by Maoists in the area.
“Reasons are said to have been sabotage and there was a bandh called by Maoists, that is why it occurred is what I have understood but the exact reasons aren’t known,” Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said.
Expressed grief over the loss of lives in the mishap, Mr Gowda also announced a compensation of Rs. two lakh for those killed, one lakh for the grievously injured and 20,000 for those who sustained minor injuries.
The minister also directed the Railway administration to provide the best possible treatment to the injured passengers.
Helpline numbers have been issued by the Ministry:
Chapra: 06152-243409, 06152-237807, 09771443941
Hajipur: 06224 -272230
Muzaffarpur: 0621 – 2213034
New Delhi: 011-23342954
Varanasi: 0542-2226778, 0542-2224742
Gazipur city: 0548-2223435, 9794843922
Samastipur 06274-222613, 025-32131 (Rly.)
Bareli: 3101-32222 (Rly.), 2558161, 2558162 (P&T)
Moradabad: 2101(rly), 1072-0591