Anxious relatives of passengers in Howrah-Mumbai Express, which was targeted by Maoists today killing 65 persons, are desperately calling up helpline numbers in Mumbai to know the status of their near and dear ones.
Maoists blasted rail tracks in West Midnapore district in West Bengal in the wee hours, derailing 13 coaches of Mumbai-bound Howrah-Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express five of which were hit by a goods train, leaving 65 dead and 200 others injured.
Joydeep Roy, who came to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in suburban Kurla, said his brother was onboard the train and he had been trying to get in touch with him since 5.30 am. But, his mobile phone was switched off.
Roy said, "I am unable to get the details even on the railway's helpline in West Bengal. No correct information is given to us by railway authorities as what actually led to the incident."
Meanwhile, a railway official said they have been receiving a number of calls from relatives of passengers to know about their loved ones.
Special arrangements have been made to ensure that the passengers coming to Mumbai are brought here as early as possible.