At least four people were killed while eight others were injured as the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed early on Wednesday near Chapra in Bihar. The Railways suspects subotage by Maoists as a possible cause of the accident.
HELPLINE NUMBERS: Chapra – 06152-243409, 09771443941, Hajipur – 06224-272230, Muzaffarpur – 0621-2213034, New Delhi – 011-23342954
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled loss of lives in the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express train mishap.
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The Union Home Minister said that it was too early to blame Maoists for the derailment.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said, “As far as the Rajdhani derailment is concerned, investigations are on.”
The Railways, however, suspected sabotage by Maoists behind the derailment.
“Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage.There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said in Delhi.
“Another goods train, 60 km away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast. 18 wagons got derailed in the accident,” Kumar said.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives, Gowda announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each of the dead, Rs one lakh for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
He directed the Railway administration to render best possible treatment to the injured passengers.
Senior officials of East Central Railway and medical team rushed to the site and were supervising the relief and rescue operations.
Helplines have been set up to provide information to families of the victims and other passengers at Chapra, Samastipur, Hajipur, Sonpur, Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Balia, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Mariani, Dimapur, Lumding, New Coochbehar, New Jalpaiguri and Katihar.
(WITH PTI INPUTS)