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Six Dead, 50 Injured After Bikaner-Guwahati Express Train Derails In Bengal, PM Modi Condoles Deaths

At least 12 coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express were affected after the train derailed near Domohani around 5 pm.

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The bogies of the Bikaner Guwahati Express train rammed into one another. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: At least Six people were killed and nearly 50 others injured after the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train got derailed 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.

“Bikaner-Guwahati Express 15633 (UP) derailed at about 5 pm this evening. 12 coaches have been affected. 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 added.

The site of derailment of Bikaner Guwahati Express train. (Image: Twitter/ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday to take stock of the situation following a train accident. “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,” Modi tweeted.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will visit the accident site on Friday morning. “I am reaching the site tomorrow morning. Medical teams, senior officers are at the spot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took stock of the situation and rescue operation. Our focus is on rescue and ex-gratia has also been announced,” stated the minister.

Locals gather at the site of Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident. (Photo PTI)

More than 200 personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed for the rescue operation at the site of the train accident site in West Bengal on Thursday. A senior BSF officer said that the force were the first responders after they were alerted by railways about the incident.

BSF personnel joined the rescue operation to help the injured passengers trapped inside the coaches of the derailed train, he added .On getting info about tragic train accident near Mainaguri troops of 169 BN from BSF Guwahati Frontier responded quickly and joined rescue operation with Prahris and medical team, working untiringly to help the trapped and injured people from the derailed coaches.

“Nearly 30-35 ambulances reached the spot at around 5:30 pm. All the injured were taken to a nearby hospital. The rescue work is almost complete,” an Indian Railways official said earlier.

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Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident. (Photo PTI)

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.

The Railways also issued the following helpline numbers – 03564 255190, 050 34666 and 0361-273162, 2731622, 2731623.

As some passengers had boarded the train in Bihar, too, so the railways 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.

Locals gather at the site of Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident. (Photo PTI)

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped in the derailed bogies. It is estimated that over 1,000 passengers were on board, including 308 who boarded the train from Bikaner.

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