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Chaos at Howrah station as anxious relatives get no info

Anxious relatives staged demonstration near the inquiry counter at Howrah railway station tonight in the absence of any information about the number of passengers killed or injured in the derailment of 18 bogies of Coromandel express near Jajpur Road railway station in Orissa.

kolkata Updated: Feb 14, 2009 15:49 IST

Anxious relatives staged demonstration near the inquiry counter at Howrah railway station tonight in the absence of any information about the number of passengers killed or injured in the derailment of 18 bogies of Coromandel express near Jajpur Road railway station in Orissa.

"We don't have any list of passengers killed or injured. Railways have not provided any information till midnight," a worried relative of a passenger travelling in the train said.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the main inquiry counter at Howrah railway station to get information about the incident and whether any relief train has been arranged to take the relatives to Jajpur Road.

Chaos persisted for a longer period in the absence of any list of those killed or injured in the derailment. The relatives alleged that no railway helpline was functioning properly to give information about the incident.

Meanwhile, West Bengal government was rushing Sunderbans Affairs minister Kanti Ganguly and two CPI(M) MPs Amitava Nandi and Sujan Chakraborty to Jajpur Road to help the people of West Bengal who were in the train.

"We would leave for Jajpur by road tonight," Chakraborty said.

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