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Highlights: Rajya Rani Express derails in UP; anti-terror squad to probe accident

The Rajya Rani Express accident underlines the challenge the government faces in turning around the colonial-era rail network that carries more than 23 million passengers daily

india Updated: Apr 15, 2017 15:10 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey and Chandan Kumar
Manish Chandra Pandey and Chandan Kumar
Lucknow, Hindustan Times
Rajya Rani Express,Lucknow,Meerut
The derailment of the Rajya Rani Express on Saturday was the latest in a string of similar accidents the public transporter has suffered in recent months.(Manish Chandra Pandey/HT Photo)

Eight coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed on Saturday morning.

The incident took place at 8:15am between Rampur and Mundapanda --- near a bridge over the Koshi river.

No casualties have been reported so far.

Here are the Live updates: 

• Uttar Pradesh police say that a three-foot long portion of the railway track where the Rajya Rani Express derailed was missing and that the sabotage angle cannot be ruled out. “Sabotage cannot be ruled out,” KK Chaudhri, Rampur SP, told PTI.

• The Indian Railways has arranged for buses for passengers. “Food and water have also been provided to the stranded passengers,” says Northern Railway’s spokesperson.

• The chief medical superintendent of the district hospital in Rampur says that 12 passengers were brought to the hospital with minor injuries. “They are in shock but their condition is stable and can be discharged by evening.”

• Rail traffic on Rampur-Moradabad route to be normalised by 10pm, according to Moradabad DRM. The busy stretch sees high frequency of trains as it connects New Delhi to Lucknow via Moradabad. Bareilly is another important station on the route.

• Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, with his brother, meets the injured passengers at district hospital in Rampur

• IG of anti terrorist squad, Asim Arun, said a team has reached the accident site and has begun probe to investigate if there was a possible terror angle to the derailment.

An explosion near Kalapipal, around 80km west of Bhopal, in a train’s last coach left at least 10 passengers wounded in March this year. A suspected militant linked to the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast was shot dead in Lucknow later that month.

• Railways ministry says all the stranded passengers are being taken to their destination and traffic along the route has been restored.

• Railway releases a list of injured passengers.

The injured passengers have been moved to district hospitals in Rampur, some five kilometres away from the derailment site.

• After Yogi Adityanath, Indian Railways announces Rs 50,000 compensation for the injured.

• Northern railway spokesperson says two passengers have been injured and there are no casualty in the accident. Earlier, authorities said 10 people were injured.

• UP chief minister Adityanath Yogi announces Rs 50,000 compensation to those seriously injured in the accident and Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries.

• NDRF teams, railway and police officials are on the spot of the accident for rescue efforts.

• Moradabad Divisional Railway manager (DRM) has reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations.

• Railways wants to normalise rail traffic as the route is a double line, .

• Railways issues helpline for victims and families of the train derailment: 0121-6401215

• Railways minister Suresh Prabhu tweets: “Personally monitoring situation.Directed senior officers to rush to the spot.Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations,” adding that an enquiry has been ordered into the incident and strict action will be taken against defaulters, if any.

• A train is being arranged for rescue. Fortunately no major injuries have been reported, says Neeraj Sharma,CPRO,Northern Railways.

• Trains delayed due to the derailment.

• Ministry of railways says no casualties reported.

• At least 10 people are injured in the Rajya Rani Express train derailment near Rampur, reports ANI.

• No casualties have been reported so far. A few injured passengers have been admitted to the nearby district hospital.

Passengers walk near the railway track after the Rajya Rani express derailed in UP. (HT Photo)

This is the latest in a string of similar accidents the public transporter has suffered in recent months, underlining the challenge the government faces in turning around the colonial-era rail network that carries more than 23 million passengers daily.

Last November, 142 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

Then in January, 32 died and over 50 injured when the Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram. In March, 50 people were injured when eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express (12189) derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district.

Most of these accidents are attributed to human error or poor infrastructure coupled with inadequate maintenance

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Apr 15, 2017 09:26 IST