New Delhi: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, visited injured passengers from Bikaner-Guwahati Express train accident. He visited some injured passengers in a hospital located in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.
“A preliminary inquiry shows that there was a glitch in locomotive equipment. The commission of rail safety is conducting an inquiry to find the root cause behind the accident.”, informed Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the accident site where Bikaner-Guwahati Express train got derailed near Domohani, Jalpaiguri. He inspected the site and said that, “A statutory inquiry has been initiated. PM Modi is monitoring the situation and I’m in constant touch with him. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also announced that, “disbursement of ex gratia amount to the families of the victims has begun. Family of each deceased will get Rs 5 lakhs, those who sustained grievous injuries will get Rs 1 lakh, & those with non-serious injuries will get Rs 25,000.”
“Death toll in Bikaner-Guwahati Express mishap has risen to nine, rescue team ends the rescue operation and all 36 injured passengers were admitted to different hospitals, rest other passengers were sent to Guwahati by a special train.”, as informed by Union Minister John Barla.
“It is suspected that there was a crack on track, it should be investigated. The Railway Minister should give a clear statement on the incident.” Saugata Roy, TMC MP demanded attention to the incident.
Visuals from the spot of accident in Domohani, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
Yesterday evening around 5PM Bikaner-Guwahati Express (15633 UP) train got derailed in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. The Bikaner Guwahati Express got derailed near Domohani in the state and 12 coaches of the train were affected. The bogies of the train rammed into one another following the derailment.
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and the Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) rushed to the site along with accident relief train and medical van,” the Indian Railways said in a statement. A high-level railway safety inquiry has been ordered in the accident, the Railways said.
The Railways also issued the following helpline numbers – 03564 255190, 050 34666 and 0361-273162, 2731622, 2731623. The railway helpline numbers in Bihar are – Mokama – 9341506022, Kiul – 9341506032, Jhajha – 9341504997, and Arrah – 9341505981.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped in the derailed bogies. Rescue operation is over now and all injured passengers were hospitalised to different hospitals nearby.
(Inputs from ANI)
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