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Bihar train derailments: 4 dead, 23 injured as Rajdhani Express and Goods train derail; Bihar CM rules out sabotage

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - 7:59am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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At least four passengers were killed and 23 others injured, 13 of them seriously, when 12 coaches of the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express derailed near Chapra in Bihar's Saran district today, with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying it was too early to blame the Maoists for the incident. 18 wagons of a goods train also derailed due to a blast in east Champaran district with the SP Vinay Kumar not ruling out the involvement of Maoists.

The incident occurred around 2:15 am when 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. "72 trains have been affected due to this accident, 25 of which have been cancelled," he added.

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. Gowda expressed grief over the loss of lives in the mishap. He directed the Railway administration to render best possible treatment to the injured passengers. Rajak said some of the coaches were hurled as far as 700 feet away from the track. Read more

Even 8 hours after the major rail accident in Chapra, Bihar's Health Minister Ramdhani Singh was not aware of the incident. Singh said he had no information about the incident. On being informed by Zee Media, the Singh then assured every possible help to the victims.

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While the exact reason of the derailment is yet to ascertained, railway authorities and the Bihar police have differed over sabotage as a possible cause. "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.  "Sabotage is not the cause behind the accident," said Vinod Kumar, Director General of Police, Saran. Three timer bombs were also found 25 km from the spot where the train mishap took place.

However, 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 told PTI in Delhi. "Another goods train, 60 kms away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast. 18 wagons got derailed in the accident," Kumar said. The Maoists have given bandh call today to protest "strong armed" action by security forces against "innocent people" in the area on suspicion of being Maoists sympathiser. Read more 

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"Another goods train, 60 kms away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast. 18 wagons got derailed in the accident," Kumar said. The Maoists have given bandh call to protest security forces' "strong armed" action against "innocent people" in the area on suspicion of being Maoists sympathiser. Kumar said Railway has ordered an enquiry to be conducted by Commissioner Railway Safety, Eastern Circle to know the causes of the accident. Read more

Expressing grief over the loss of lives in the mishap, Gowda has announced a compensation of Rs. two lakh for those killed, one lakh for the grievously injured and Rs. 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.

Senior officials of the East Central Railway and a medical team, meanwhile, are supervising relief and rescue operations at the site. Railway medical teams have reached the spot even as the injured are bineg rushed to nearby hospitals.  The railways has announced an exgratia compensation of Rs two lakh to the kin of those dead. The seriously injured passengers will get Rs one lakh each while those with minor injuries will receive Rs 20000 each. 

Trains affected:
Trains diversion/canellation/ short termination & short origination due to to derailment of IDBR/RXL in between MAI-CAA(MFP-BMKI section in SPJ division & 12236 derailment at CI-GJH in SEE division A)

Helpline numbers: 

Chapra – 06152-43409 

Hajipur – 06224 -272230 

Muzaffarpur – 0621 – 2213034 

New Delhi - 011-23342954 

First published on Zee News

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