One hundred and sixty passengers reportedly boarded Indore-Patna Express from the Bhopal railway station. The railway authorities have established a helpdesk at the Bhopal railway station with a helpline number 0755-4001608 and railway helpline number 56010 West Central Railway public relations officer I Siddqui told HT. Bhopal additional district magistrate Ratnakar Jha also reached Bhopal railway station to see the arrangements to help the people seeking information about the tragedy. “The district administration is working in tandem with the railway authorities and ensuring that the people who want to know about the tragedy don’t face any problem,” Jha said.
Dhar bank manager’s nephew goes missing after train mishap
Manager of a Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank said his 18-year-old nephew, who was physically-disabled, has gone missing after the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur. Mukesh Dwivedi, the bank manager, said his nephew Anup had boarded the train on Saturday. Dwivedi said last time he talked to Anup was on Saturday afternoon, after he boarded the train. Anup had told him that his name was in the waiting list, but later got seat in a coach.
Local organisations in Indore come forward to help
Members of several social organisations reached out to the family members of the people onboard the ill-fated Indore-Patna Express. Members of Poorvottar Sanskritik Sansthaan, Vidyapati Parishad and Bhojpuri Samaj rushed to Indore rail station and set up a helpdesk to assist people looking for information of their family members. Thakur Jagdish Singh, president of Poorvottar Sanskritik Sansthan, said they were in touch with the teams helping injured passengers in Patna, Kanpur and other places. Early morning members of the organisation entered into the brawl with western railway public relation officer Jitendra Kumar Jayant over non-availability of information about passengers. The government railway police (GRP) had to intervene to pacify the sparring parties.
Mandsaur resident says he complained about wheels
Prakash Sharma, hailing from Sitamau in Mandsaur district, who travelled in the ill-fated train from Indore to Ujjain said he felt a strange sound coming from the wheels. “The wheels were unusually loud. I travelled in S2 coach and got down in Ujjain hours before the accident. I had complained about the unusual sound to the railway personnel and travel ticket examiner, but they ignored me. The accident could have been averted had they paid heed to me,” Sharma said.
Four members of Dewas family injured
Four members of a family who travelled in S2 coach have been injured, according to reports. The injured are Dharmendra Chandel, 48, wife Mira Chandel, 45, daughter Akanksha, 9, and son Aniket, 8. They were amongst the 10 passengers who boarded the train from Dewas.
Help centre in Ujjain lacks proper information
Although a help centre was set up at Ujjain railway station, it has no information regarding the passengers who boarded the ill-fated train from the city. Around 153 passengers have taken the train from Ujjain in various reserved compartments, including 22 persons who got in S1, S2 and S3, which were the most-affected. Centre in-charge Girish Khandelwal said there are names of four injured Ujjain residents, but there is no information regarding those who boarded the train. Most of the passengers who board from the Ujjain station were residents of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.