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Sealdah Ajmer Express derails: No deaths, clarifies Railways; over 40 injured

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured that the accident would be thoroughly probed to ascertain its cause.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 28, 2016 2:41 pm
Rescue and relief works in progress at the site of accident where Sealdah-Ajmer Express train derailed early morning near Rura railway station in Kanpur Dehat district on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav) Rescue and relief works in progress at the site of accident where Sealdah-Ajmer Express train derailed early morning near Rura railway station in Kanpur Dehat district on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

In the early hours of Wednesday morning around 5.20 am, Sealdah-Ajmer Express, passing through Kanpur Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh, derailed while it was crossing a railway bridge over a dry canal in Pukhrayan. Initial reports suggested that two passengers were killed and over 40 passengers injured in the accident when 15 of its coaches derailed, with two of them falling into the canal bed. Ministry of Railways, however, clarified that there were no fatalities so far.  Rescue teams were immediately rushed to the accident site to pull out passengers from the mangled remains of the train coaches.

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured that the accident would be thoroughly probed to ascertain its cause. “Personally monitoring the situation in wake of unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur. Have directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief. Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause,” Prabhu said in a series of tweets. However, Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena, when asked about the reason behind the derailment, said, “there was dense fog in the morning”. He added that financial assistance would be extended to the accident victims.

train1 (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

 

For passengers who have been safely evacuated from the train, alternate travel arrangements have been made, said Khanpur Dehat District Magistrate, Kumar Ravikant. The Railways has put out the following help line numbers for further assistance: 0512-2323015, 2323016, 2323018. At least four trains have been diverted due to debris on the track.  This was the second such accident in two months. In November, nearly 150 passenger were killed and 200 injured when the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur.

 

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    arvind
    Dec 28, 2016 at 6:20 am
    Shame on us, shame on India and call me antinational. Where is PM, where is RM and where is HM??Because no one dies here, so Maut ke Saudagar are absent from the scene. lt;br/gt;But you will see them on TV "bhashaning" at some rally at UP spilling venom on each other.lt;br/gt;Where are opposition parties? lt;br/gt;Where is the "kathortam karyavahi"? lt;br/gt;Where are the beer loving, tight jeans and sleeveless T shirts of Delhi streerts of Nirbhaya Kand?lt;br/gt;Where are Pandits and Maulanas? lt;br/gt;Sab chor hain, sab ke sab chor hain.
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      Dipak
      Dec 28, 2016 at 6:45 am
      Are these derailments due to terrorist activity ?
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        harun
        Dec 28, 2016 at 8:48 am
        Bullet Train is what we need.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Having seen a accident or derialment every 15 days we are sick.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;743000 crores is what is being used to improve rail service and safety ,the results are rewarding.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The trains are as safe as house and Prabhu has created a Record of sorts ,Jai ho.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Prabhu is according to people the most doing Minister and yes he has done a grest job.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How many of the enquiries he ordered have their reports submitted or action taken.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;May be the spate at which accidents are taking place ,the Enquiry Group has so much to find out.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just wish those who use the Railways the best,that Includes me
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          Proud Bhakt
          Dec 28, 2016 at 6:33 am
          Thanks to honorable PM Modiji and his Govt , lt;br/gt;Train travel has become much safer under BJP Govt.
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          1. karkotagan
            Dec 28, 2016 at 6:29 am
            Government has increased the fare about one and half times citing improvement in safety measures to be done, but what safety we have with about one rail derailing per month. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Railways and Railway minister should take responsibility of this. People should be told the truth and we demand a white paper on the safety measures available in railways, modernisation done and reason for failures.
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