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Guwahati-Puri Express derails in Assam, 50 injured

india Updated: Jul 11, 2011 02:33 IST

At least 50 passengers were injured after six coaches of the Guwahati-Puri Express derailed following a suspected blast near Rangia in Assam's Kamrup (Rural) district on Sunday evening.

The train, with around 1000 passengers, mostly pilgrims bound for Puri left Guwahati railway station at 5:40 pm, railway officials said.

An explosion at Dhatkuchi between Rangia and Ghagrapar at 8:30 pm led to the derailment of the engine and two bogies immediately behind it but they remained standing, while four other bogies capsized and fell into a three-feet water-filled ditch, they said.

Superintendent of Police, Kamrup (Rural) Apurva Jivan Baruah said, "We cannot say whether there was a blast or it
was an act of sabotage. We can only state this after investigation."

He said among the 50, 10 were seriously injured. Personnel of the Army, CRPF and the police have reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Lights have also been rigged up.

An accident relief medical emergency van of the Railways left for the accident spot at around 10:00 pm from Guwahati, railway officials said.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma instructed the Guwahati Medical College Hospital here and the Rangiya
Civil Hospital at Kamrup (Rural) district to arrange for treatment of the injured passengers.

According to claims by the shaken passengers who were mostly rescued by locals the six bogies shook violently before
the derailment.

Helplines have been set up at Guwahati 0361-2731621/22 and at Rangiya 03621-240238.