At least five people were killed and more than 45 injured when 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed and some overturned near Domohani in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Thursday.
There were about 1053 passengers onboard the train at the time of the derailment at the location.The location is about 42 kilometres away from New Jalpaiguri station and about 100 km away from New Alipurduar station.
Railway sources said, railway officials have rushed to the spot while disaster management and rescue teams have already reached. Officials said attempts to rescue trapped passengers were underway.Around 60 ambulances had reached the spot and all injured taken to hospital.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announces ex -gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to next of kin of those killed, Rs 1 lakh to grievously injured & Rs 25000 to simply injured. Mr Vaishnaw speaks with PM and apprises him about the rescue operations.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will be reaching the accident site on Friday morning A high-level railway safety inquiry has also been ordered into the accident, which took place near the Moynaguri area of Jalpaiguri in North Bengal.
Meanwhile Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke to Union Railway Minister & West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee regarding derailment of Bikaner-Guwahati Express near Jalpaigur. West Bengal CM even assured assistance on the ground & will keep Assam Government updated on the ongoing situation.
President Ram Nath Kovind wishes speedy recovery to injured
President Ram Nath Kovind said, “The derailment of coaches of the Bikaner-Guhawati Express near New Maynaguri, West Bengal is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish speedy recovery to the injured.”
The derailment of coaches of the Bikaner-Guhawati Express near New Maynaguri, West Bengal is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected passengers and their families. I wish speedy recovery to the injured.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 13, 2022
PM Modi took stock of the situation; expresses condolences
Taking to Twitter PM Modi said that he spoke with Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and added that he “took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”
Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 13, 2022
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