Chhapra: In yet another train accident in the past few months, the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express got derailed, leaving four people dead and eight injured. The accident took place at Golden Ganj near Chhapra in Bihar.
According to the Railways, five out of 12 bogies of the train capsized while the remaining seven have derailed. Railway relief and rescue teams have reached the spot and the injured have been taken to the Sadar hospital in Chhapra.
The Railways suspect foul play behind the derailment saying that Naxals could have been behind the attack. However, the Home Ministry is ruling out the possibility of a Naxal attack. "I have spoken directly to the Railway and district officials on the spot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been informed regarding all developments. Even he agrees that it's too early to blame the Naxals. Let us wait for a further report on the incident," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Chhapra ASP Sushil Kumar said, "Prima facie there is no evidence of sabotage, we are looking at all aspects. The exact reason of the derailment not yet known. It is being investigated."
"Once they pulled the brakes, the coaches derailed. Many have been severely injured and at least 7-8 people must have been killed," said a passenger. "The medical team has reached and now the rescue operations have started. I saw a few dead bodies and many were injured. It was dark. Those who were seriously injured were somehow taken out from the derailed coaches. I was in coach number B3," another passenger said.
Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda, who has left for the accident site, called the accident 'unfortunate' and has announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the families of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 20,000 for people who suffered minor injuries. He also said that the Railways would investigate if there was any foul play involved.
Meanwhile, a goods train also got derailed at Motihari in Bihar and initial reports say this may have been a sabotage by the Naxals. The Home Ministry said that the Motihari derailment does look like a Naxal attack.
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