Train derails in UP; 52 injured, 10 critical

Train derails in UP; 52 injured, 10 critical
Fifty-two passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously, as eight bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early on Thursday in Mahoba district. The Railways has ordered an inquiry into the derailment, which left 400 metres of track damaged. The mishap disrupted rail traffic on the route with services of 14 trains being  suspended, railway officials said.

In Lucknow, ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said the incident took place around 2.20 am when eight bogies of the train derailed, injuring as many as 52 people of which two suffered serious fractures and have been referred to hospital. The ADG said ambulances and teams of doctors arrived at  the spot and monitored the relief and rescue operations.

Chaudhary said prima facie there was nothing suspicious but all aspects will be investigated as it is a serious issue. Railway officials and teams of ATS and NDRF are at the spot and investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the mishap, the ADG said. SP (Mahoba) Gaurav Singh said the incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village.

Uttar Pradesh Minister for Health Siddharth Nath Singh, who rushed to the spot, announced a monetary assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each to those who suffered minor injuries, the SP said. Railway Board member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed said that an inquiry into the derailment will be conducted by a senior railway official.

Asked whether it was an act of sabotage or any defect in the rolling stock led to the mishap, he said, “Nothing can be ruled out till the report is submitted.” On some recent cases involving security around rail tracks in different parts of the state, the ADG said investigations proved there is no terror link but all cases are being thoroughly probed with the help of experts.

All coaches that derailed on Thursday were conventional ones and manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. Though a few coaches tumbled, they did not climb over each other as it happens in such cases. The train with 10 coaches left the accident site at 6.48 am.

The Railways has pressed 15 buses into service for carrying about 200 passengers, who were travelling in affected coaches, to Jhansi. At least 17 helplines have been made operational at different stations en route to assist relatives of passengers travelling in the train. Besides, the Railways have made catering arrangement for the passengers on the site. The derailment has affected services of 14 trains, out of which seven were diverted and an equal number of trains cancelled.

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