At least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chapra on Wednesday. Twelve coaches were derailed in the incident at around 0200 hours on Wednesday, June 25, railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said. 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 power car — got derailed at the station, Mr. Saxena said.
While three passengers died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries in a hospital later, Chief Public Relation Officer of East Central Railway (ECR) Arvind Kumar Rajak said.
Railways suspected sabotage by Maoists behind the derailment. “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage. There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said.
“Another goods train, 60 km away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast. Eighteen wagons got derailed in the accident,” Mr. Kumar said.
The Maoists have given a bandh call on Wednesday to protest “strong armed” action by security forces against “innocent people” in the area on suspicion of being Maoists sympathiser.
Railway has ordered an enquiry to be conducted by Commissioner Railway Safety, Eastern Circle to ascertain the cause of derailment.
Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has announce ex-gratia of rupees 2 lakh for the family of each of the deceased, rupees one lakh for the grievously injured passengers and 20 thousand rupees for those with minor injuries.
Helplines have been set up to provide information to families of the victims and other passengers at Chapra, Samastipur, Hajipur, Sonpur, Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Balia, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Mariani, Dimapur, Lumding, New Coochbehar, New Jalpaiguri and Katihar.
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