Fifty-two passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously, as eight bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early today in neighbouring Mahoba district. Railways have 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 disurpted, 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 some 52 people of which two suffered “serious fractures” and have been referred to a Jhansi hospital. Some have been discharged after first aid while others have been admitted to local hospitals, the ADG said, adding that ambulances and teams of doctors reached 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.
Eight coaches of Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express have derailed near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. As per reports, around 22 persons were injured in the mishap. The Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway said that the accident occurred at 2:07 am.
A 47 member NDRF team reached the derailment site to conduct rescue operations. RP Singh of the NDRF said that there have been no casualties so far and there is less probability of people being trapped.
Earlier this morning when the derailment took place, the CPRO said an accident relief train had been rushed to the site and the injured were being provided with first-aid. Around eight coaches from the rear side of the train derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations, he said.
“22 people suffered injuries in the Mahakaushal Express derailment accident, out of whom 19 have been discharged,”Anil Saxena, DG (PR) of the Indian Railways told news agency ANI.
Senior officials, including the general manager of North Central Railway M C Chauhan, rushed to the site as rescue operations were underway. However, the cause of the derailment is still not clear.
Railway officials have operationalised helplines at Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to disseminate information to relatives of the passengers.
UP 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 to those who suffered minor injuries, the SP said. Railway Board member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed told PTI in Delhi that an inquiry into the derailment will be conduted 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 was no terror link but all cases are being thoroughly probed with the help of experts.
The railways have not had a good start to the year. In January, the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh killing 41 passengers and injuring over 60 others. On March 7, as many as nine persons were injured following a blast in one of the coaches of the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh.