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6 killed, 45 injured as Bikaner-Guwahati Express derails in Bengal

The accident occurred around 5 p.m. in an area under the Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway

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At least six people were killed and more than 45 injured when 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed and some overturned near Domohani in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Thursday, an official said.

The occurred around 5 p.m. in an area under the Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway, an NFR spokesperson said in Guwahati.

"Six passengers have died so far. We recovered four bodies from the site while two people died in hospital," Jalpaiguri District Magistrate Moumita Godara Basu said, adding at least 45 passengers were injured in the

"Since some of them are in a critical condition, the death toll may go up," she said, adding rescuers thoroughly searched each coach for survivors and bodies through darkness and thick fog.

Commissioner, Railway Safety, will conduct an inquiry into the cause of the accident, a railway official said in New Delhi.

The NFR said in a statement in Guwahati that the rescue operations have been completed.

There were 1053 passengers onboard the at the time of the derailment, it said, adding those stranded were provided drinking water and snacks.

A ferrying stranded passengers to Guwahati left the accident site at 9:30 p.m. and is expected to reach the Assam capital around 2 a.m. on Friday, Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh said.

@assampolice team is reaching accident site shortly to assist people of Assam injured in the railway accident, Singh added in a tweet.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tragedy when they were in the middle of an online meeting to review the Covid situation in the country with other CMs.

"Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly," Modi later tweeted.

The Railways have announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the accident, Rs 1 lakh to the grievously injured, and Rs 25,000 for passengers with simple injury.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed grief over the accident and wished speedy recovery to those injured.

"The derailment of coaches of the Bikaner-Guhawati Express near New Maynaguri, is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish speedy recovery to the injured, Kovind tweeted.

Vice President Naidu said he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives. "My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," the Vice President's Secretariat tweeted, quoting Naidu.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked Energy Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati and Disaster Management and Relief Minister Govind Ram Meghwal to rush to Bagdogra airport in West Bengal and coordinate relief efforts on behalf of the state government.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, January 14 2022. 01:42 IST
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