At least 36 passengers were injured and 2 of them are in serious condition, after six bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early Thursday In Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba.
“36 people suffered injuries in Mahakaushal express derailment accident, out of which 19 are discharged,” Anil Saxena, DG (PR) of Indian Railways said.
Given the manner of how the terror angle has come up in derailment cases in India in recent times, the police are reportedly looking into the matter.
The incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad Railway Station near Supa village at 2.07am. Three AC and three general bogies were derailed. The remaining coaches of the train were moved forward towards Jhansi at 6.45 am where eight additional coaches have been attached.
A 47-member NDRF team reached the site. 30 doctors and 21 ambulances were rushed to the site. All the injured were admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba.
Following the incident, general manager of North Central Railways and other senior railway officials rushed to the spot.
NDRF’s R.P. Singh said there is no casualties so far, adding that there is less probability of people being trapped.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the accident site and to personally monitor the rescue and relief efforts.
Terming the accident as ‘unfortunate’, Mr Singh said it is a matter of probe, adding that necessary compensation will be announced. “Any incident is unfortunate. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed me to go to Mahoba. The ATS and railway police are there. I will take cognizance and will let Yogi Adityanath ji know,” Singh told ANI.
Meanwhile, helplines have been set up at the Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda, Hazrat Nizamuddin and other stations for the kin of passengers who were aboard the train.
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The Railway Ministry has said three buses have been arranged to ferry the stranded passengers. It also said they have been served biscuits and water, with more aid and transport on the way.
The North Central Railways’ official said that an inquiry has been ordered. Investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the accident.
One angle they are bound to probe is whether this was a terror attack. Given the recent spate of derailments and train accidents in the country in the past few months, and how investigations revealed that they were terror attacks, this one too will come under the scanner for similar reasons.