Five persons were killed and nine others, including a child, injured in a collision between the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail and a stationary goods train, about 25km from Sahibganj in Jharkhand.
The accident occurred at 5.50am when the Brahmaputra Mail was on its way to Delhi from Dibrugarh.
The Brahmaputra Mail was passing through Karonpuroto station under Malda Division of Eastern Railway when a stationary goods train parked on the main line started rolling back hitting the mail train, sources said.
The impact of the collision caused the guard-cabin of the goods train, which was on the loop line, to mount the S-9 coach of the train, the sources said.
Superintendent of Police (Rail) Praveen Srivastav however, said, "A bogie of 14055 Bramhaputra Mail derailed and dashed against a stationary goods train".
Condoling the loss of lives, railway minister Dinesh Trivedi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured. Rs 10,000 will be paid to passengers with minor injuries.
North East Frontier Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer S Hajong said the deceased have been identified as Bijoy Roy of 4th Battalion of Assam Rifles, Girija Devi of Barharwa Dinesh Mahaldar, Narendra and an unidentified youth aged around 25 years.
The injured have been identified as three-year-old Shabnam, Jamil Khatoon, Kunj Behari, Siddi, Saloo Miyan, Jakir Hussain, Naresh Kumar Yadav, Satish Kumar and Tushar Yadav, he added.
Railway PRO Anil Saxena said the divisional railway manager of Malda was at the site along with other senior officials.
"They are all focusing on relief and rescue operations. Railway Board in Delhi is taking stock of the entire accident and once the relief and rescue operations are over and the investigation done, if somebody is found responsible or careless, stern action will be taken against that railway employee," he said.
A railway official in Sahibganj said, "An engine was attached to the rear coaches of the train after detaching them from the front coaches, and sent to Malda station in West Bengal".
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