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Five killed as New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

At least five people were killed as eight coaches and the engine of the New (14003) derailed near in Wednesday, (ADG), Law and order, said.

The accident took place in Harchandpur area of district at 6.10 am. Around 30-35 people are injured and two passengers, who are still trapped inside the coaches, are feared dead, he said

The injured are being taken to the Harchandpur PHC and district hospital.

The passengers are going to and from there they will be sent to by a special train, officials said.

Senior officers, including the district magistrate, of police, CO, are at the spot and relief operations are in full swing, the ADG said.

The (NDRF) team and rescue train have reached the

The ADG said that the reason for derailment will be known after an Anti-Terrorism Squad is sent for an on-the-spot probe.

Emergency helpline numbers have been set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, Mughalsarai, officials said.

All up and down lines on the route have been blocked and officials suspect that the number of casualties may rise.

Previously, the railways had said that six coaches have derailed.

Meanwhile, sources said was on his way to the

Piyush Goyal, who is in constant touch with the railway administration, has directed to effectively undertake relief and rescue operation and provide best possible medical help to the injured, the officials said.

Expressing condolences over the loss of lives, he has ordered an enquiry into the accident which will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.

Taking note of the incident, directed the district magistrate, of police, health authorities and the NDRF to provide all possible assistance to relief and rescue operations, an said.

The expressed his condolences for the deceased and directed the of police to take all necessary action, he added.

Adityanath also announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 09:55 IST