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Gyaneshwari derailment: Death toll mounts to 104

india Updated: May 29, 2010 16:43 IST
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The death toll in the Gyaneshwari Express derailment in West Midnapore district on Saturday rose to 104 after more bodies were extricated from the wrecked coaches of the Mumbai-bound train.

"Till this morning, 104 bodies have been recovered from the accident site near Sardiha, near Jhargram," Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) S Karpurakayastha told PTI in Jhargram.

South Eastern railway officials put the number of injured at 250. Five of the critically injured passengers were taken to Kolkata.

To a question, the IGP said that CID investigation into the derailment of the Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express was continuing.

"Investigations are progressing, but it cannot be shared with the media," he said.

The IGP said the Maoists link in the derailment was clear, but declined to say if more evidence pointing to it has been found.

Asked about whether there had been a blast prior to the derailment, he said the forensic report was awaited.

The motorman of the express, BK Das on Saturday filed a general diary with the Jhargram GRP against "unidentified miscreants" for the rail disaster.

Jhargram GRP Superintendent of Police, Shankar Chakraborty told PTI that that the diary was filed "against unidentified miscreants" under Sections 150 (maliciously wrecking or attempting to wreck a train) and 151 (damage to or destruction of certain railway properties) of the Railway Act.

Chakraborty said that the driver had also mentioned an explosion at the time of derailment.