Bikaner-Guwahati Express derails near Domohani in Bengal; 5 killed
Kolkata, Jan 13: At least three people were killed and more than 20 injured when 12 coaches of Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed and overturned near Dohomoni in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Thursday, officials said.
TV footage showed a number of coaches lying sideways down the elevated tracks as rescue workers were seen trying to extricate the passengers.
The accident occurred around 5 p.m. in an area under Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway, an NFR spokesperson said in Guwahati. The accident occurred more than 90 km from Alipurduar Junction, he added.
Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed near Domohani (West Bengal), this evening. No report of any casualties. Details awaited. pic.twitter.com/7q02rbW7T1— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2022
"An accident relief train with a medical team is on way to the spot. We are awaiting further details," the spokesperson said. The Guwahati-Bikaner Express was coming from Patna.
The Indian Railways has announced an Ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakhs for deceased, Rs 1 lakh for severely injured, and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
The injured are being treated at Jalpaigudi District Hospital and New Moinagudi district hospital.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed deep concern over the accident. She said, "Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri. Senior Officers of the State Government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. Those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible."
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that he is personally monitoring the situation for swift rescue operations. He also spoken with the Prime Minister and apprised him about the rescue operations.
A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the accident. The railway department has opened hotline numbers for enquiry over the incident:
1. Patna junction - 9341506016
2. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn- 7388898100
3. Danapur 7759070004
4. Sonpur 9771429999