New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind amongst others took to Twitter to express their grief over the death of 5 passengers that took place after the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train got derailed near Domohani town in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Thursday evening.
The Bikaner-Guwahati Express (15633 UP) got derailed near Domohani in the state around 5 pm and 10-12 coaches of the train were affected. The bogies of the train rammed into one another following the derailment.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, PM Modi wrote: “Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind wrote on Twitter: “The derailment of coaches of the Bikaner-Guhawati Express near New Maynaguri, West Bengal is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish speedy recovery to the injured.”
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee on Twitter wrote: “Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri. Senior Officers of the State Government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. Those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible.”
Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu also wrote on Twitter: “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to the derailment of Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
Announcing compensation for those affected in the accident, the Railways said it will of give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who received minor injuries.
As some passengers had boarded the train in Bihar, too, so the railsways issued the helpline numbers for their families and relatives. According to Patna Junction Chief Reservation Supervisor Rajesh Kumar 98 passengers had boarded the train from Patna and three people from Mokama while two others were from Bakhtiarpur. The railway helpline numbers in Bihar are – Mokama – 9341506022, Kiul – 9341506032, Jhajha – 9341504997, and Arrah – 9341505981.
The Railways also issued the following helpline numbers – 03564 255190, 050 34666 and 0361-273162, 2731622, 2731623.