At least 36 passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously, as six bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early today in neighbouring Mahoba. The incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village when the last six bogies derailed, SP (Mahoba) Gaurav Singh said. Ten of the seriously injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba, he said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the accident site. The health minister said he was personally monitoring the rescue and relief efforts. Thirty doctors and 21 ambulances have been rushed to the accident site, the minister said. The SP said relief and rescue operations are on in full swing and two helpline numbers have been activated for the help of passengers and their family members. The numbers are 05101072 and 051921072. The bogies which derailed comprised three AC and three general. Earlier, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway had said that around eight coaches from the rear side of the train have derailed. Senior administrative and railway officials have reached here and investigations are going on to ascertain the cause of the accident.
Accident relief medical van from Jhansi and Mahoba has also been deployed to tender the injured people. However, the cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained. The Indian Railways has issued help line number for people. Jhansi 0510-1072; Gwalior 0751-1072; Banda 05192-1072.
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Earlier on March 7, 9 people were injured in a blast in a coach of Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred between Jabri and Kalapipal stations.
In January, at least 41 passengers were killed after the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. More than 60 people were injured as the engine and nine coaches of the train. The train was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur.
Last month, while addressing an election rally in Uttar Prdesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the Kanpur rail accident was a ‘conspiracy’ and the accused who were from Pakistan got local support. “A rail accident happened in Kanpur, few people have been caught, police found out, that was a conspiracy from across the border,” he had said
Korean rail experts had earlier suggested for a double check system and restricted train speed in case of track circuit failure for safety on the tracks. After a series of incidents, the Railway Ministry had invited overseas railways, including Korea and Japan, to suggest measures for safety enhancement.
A Korean delegation had consisted of track, signal and safety experts visited India from January 15 to 24 to review the operation and maintenance practices of track and signal system.
(With agency inputs)