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Rail depot fire destroys relief goods for Pakistan

The goods were to be transported to Lahore by the Samjhauta Express, the only train link between two countries.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 11:43 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

A massive fire at a rail depot near Amritsar has destroyed large stocks of trade and quake-relief goods destined for Pakistan, a railway official said. No body was injured in the incident.

Goods worth millions of rupees were destroyed when the depot at the Attari railroad station caught fire early Monday morning, said Ratan Chand, a commandant of the Railway Protection Force.

There was no loss of life or injuries from the accident, he added. The goods destroyed included trade consignments and relief material for quake-hit areas in Pakistan, he said.

They were to be transported by the Samjhauta Express - the only train link between India and Pakistan - to the western city of Lahore, he added.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but foul play has been ruled out.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 11:43 IST