6 killed, 45 injured in Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailment in Bengal
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An NFR spokesperson said in Guwahati that the accident took place around 5 pm under Alipurduar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway.
Jalpaiguri District Magistrate Moumita Godara Basu said, “Six passengers have died so far. We have recovered four bodies from the accident site, while two people died in the hospital.” At least 45 passengers were injured in the accident.
“Since the condition of some of them is critical, the death toll could rise,” he said, adding that rescue workers thoroughly searched each coach for survivors and bodies amid darkness and thick fog.
A railway official said in New Delhi that the commissioner, railway safety, will investigate the cause of the accident.
The NFR said in a statement in Guwahati that the rescue operation has been completed.
There were 1053 passengers on board when the train derailed, he said, adding that drinking water and snacks were provided to the stranded people.
Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh said a train carrying the stranded passengers to Guwahati left the accident site at 9.30 pm and is expected to reach the Assam capital around 2 am on Friday.
Singh said in a tweet that the @assampolice team is reaching the accident site soon to help the people of Assam who were injured in the train accident.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the tragedy when he was in the middle of an online meeting with other chief ministers to review the COVID situation in the country.
Modi later tweeted, “Spoke to Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnav and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Railways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the accident, Rs 1 lakh to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to the simply injured passengers.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed grief over the accident and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
Kovind tweeted, “Saddened by the derailment of the Bikaner-Guhavati Express near New Maynaguri, West Bengal. My condolences and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.” ”
Vice President Naidu said that he was deeply pained by the loss of life and property. “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” the Vice President’s Secretariat tweeted, quoting Naidu.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked Energy Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati and Disaster Management and Relief Minister Govind Ram Meghwal to visit West Bengal’s Bagdogra airport and coordinate relief efforts on behalf of the state government.
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