The fire break incident in Howrah-Dehradun Express in Dhanbad railway division at Jharkhand caused early Tuesday morning scare in Dehradun as five people belonging to Dehradun and seven from Haridwar were travelling in the same B-1 coach, which caught fire at 2:30 am. Seven people have reportedly lost their lives in the incident.
Railway officials in Dehradun said they have not received any information that any passenger from Dehradun or any other place in Uttarakhand was injured or died in the incident.
"According to the initial reports that I received, all five passengers from Dehradun travelling in the B-1 coach are safe but things will be much clearer after we get official communication from the ministry" Kartar Singh, Dehradun Railway Station Superintendent, told Hindustan Times.
The name of five passengers who belong to Dehradun are -- Dr. Neeraj Gaur (29), Dr Anupama (25), HC Bhatt (30), SK Ranka(47)and LD Ranka (41). On other hand there were seven passengers belonging to Haridwar also in the same B-1 coach that was most affected in the incident.
"All reservation from Dehradun and nearby places are generally done in B-1 and B-2 coach only" said Kartar Singh.
The Howrah-Dehradun Express started from Howrah at 6:50 pm on 21st November and was scheduled to reach Dehradun on 23rd November at 7:10 am in the morning. But fire broke out in the B-1 and B-2 coach of the train at 2:30 am when the train was between Nimiaghat and Parasnath railway station in Jharkhand.
The Railways have set up a helpline at Dehradun railway station for the relatives of the passengers. The helpline numbers are: 0135-2624002, 2624004, 2623171 and 2622131.
Ironically, the attendants deputed at the helpline enquiry at the railway station did not have any information about the passengers travelling in the train. "Nobody has yet come here to enquire about the incident and we have received few calls related to Howrah-Dehradun Express, but we could not provide them desired information as we have not been provided any update about the incident," a helpline attendant told Hindustan Times.