Railways witnessed another train tragedy on Wednesday after the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chapra, killing four passengers and injuring eight others. As many as 12 coaches were derailed in the incident at around 0200 hours, Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
Wednesday’s train accident is the latest in a line of tragedies to have hit the Indian railways. Following is the chronology of major train mishaps in recent years:
May 26, 2014: At least 22 people were killed when Gorakhdham Express rammed into a stationary freight train in Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh. The accident took place when the express train came on the same track as the freight train near Churen Railway Station.
May 04, 2014: At least 18 people were killed and 124 injured after the engine and six bogies of a passenger train derailed in the Konkan Railway route in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train, which left Diva at around 7:30 am, derailed shortly after crossing the Bhise Khind tunnel at around 9:30 am killing 18 passengers.
February 17, 2014: Three passengers were killed and 37 others injured when ten coaches of a train derailed at Ghoti near Igatpuri in Nashik district. The mishap took place at around 6.20 am when 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Lakshadweep Mangala Express train was passing through the Ghoti-Igatpuri section, about 35 kms from Nashik.
January 08, 2014: Four persons were charred and five died due to suffocation after three sleeper coaches S2, S3 and S4 of the Bandra Dehradun Express were gutted in fire. The incident occurred between Dahanu Road and Gholvad station near Surat. While the cause of the fire was yet to ascertained, senior railway officers ruled out short circuit.
December 28, 2013: Twenty six people, including two children, were killed and 12 others injured when a fire broke out in the AC 3-tier B-1 coach of the Bangalore-Nanded Express train at Kothacheruvu near Puttaparthi in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh. According to Railway officials who inspected the gutted coach, the area near berth 64, where the coachs power panel was located, did not seem to have been burnt. According to reports, the fire broke out at 3:10 am, when most of the 65 passengers were sleeping. Some managed to escape by breaking the window panes or running to the next coach. The train was stopped and the B-1 coach detached to stop the fire from spreading.
November 02: The Raigarh-Vijaywada train ran over 8 people at Gotlam railway station in Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh.
August 19: At least 37 pilgrims including women and children standing on rail continued…
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.