Six people including a woman and a three-year-old child were killed when the Ajmer-bound Shatabdi Express ran over them at a railway station on Tuesday morning.
One woman was also injured in the accident which took place at Helimandi station, 32 km from Gurgaon city.
There were over 600 passengers, both domestic and international, in the train when angry villagers from nearby localities attacked it with stones and sticks. The villagers also attacked the railway station and thrashed some railway staff.
The passengers in the train, including many foreigners, got off the train and fled as the mob threatened to set it on fire.
The traffic movement on Delhi-Rajasthan route was also affected, as trains weren’t able to move till the afternoon. The train was made to halt at the station for about 7 hours and finally allowed to leave around 1:45 pm.
Gurgaon District Magistrate Rajender Kataria has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased.
Around 6.55 on Tuesday morning, a group of around 30 people got off a bus at the flyover around 500 metres from the station.
“They were walking on the tracks as there was no footpath on this stretch. All of a sudden the train emerged from behind a curve and hit the group,” said Satbir Singh, the relative of one of the deceased.
Singh said some passengers of the train, who could hear the cries of the victims, jump off the train and came to help.
Those killed in the accident were Bir Singh (54), Attar Singh (49), Ved Parkash (35), Kuldeep Singh (28), his wife Alka (24) and his three-year old nephew.
Singh said, “Bir Singh had managed to push his daughter Annu from the track and she was saved. She just received some minor injuries.”
All the victims belonged to Mahchna village, which is 5 km from the railway station.
Lokesh Chauhan, another person from the same village, said the accident would not have happened had there been a footpath along the track.
As the news of accident spread, people from neighbouring villages started gathering in large numbers. Soon the mob turned violent and attacked the railway station.