New Delhi. The number of people who lost their lives in the Guwahati-Bikaner Rail Accident has gone up to 8. At the same time, treatment of 42 injured is going on. On Thursday, 12 coaches of the train derailed near Mayanagari in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is reaching the spot on Friday. Also, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wished the injured a speedy recovery. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also discussed the incident with the Railway Minister.
According to media reports, at least 50 injured people trapped in the train accident have been rescued. Many heart-wrenching photo-videos of the accident had surfaced, in which people were seen trapped. Two teams of NDRF had also reached the spot to safely bring out the people trapped in the train bogies. Indian Railways has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those who lost their lives in the accident. Out of 42, 7-7 injured are being treated at NBMCH and Mayanagari RH. At the same time, 28 people are admitted in Jalpaiguri SSH.
A Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) spokesperson in Guwahati said the accident took place at around 5 pm in an area under Alipurduar division of NFR. The accident site is more than 360 km from Guwahati. Earlier, he had informed about the death of 7 passengers and expressed apprehension that the number of dead may increase further.
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A railway official in New Delhi said the Commissioner of Railway Safety will investigate the cause of the accident. An NFR statement in Guwahati said that the rescue operation has been completed. There were 1,053 passengers on the train at the time of the accident. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the accident amid an online meeting with chief ministers to review the COVID-19 situation. Banerjee briefed the Prime Minister about the relief and rescue operations. Banerjee also spoke to the Jalpaiguri District Magistrate in this regard.
Rashtrapati Bhavan quoted President Kovind as saying, ‘The incident of derailment of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train near New Mainagudi in West Bengal is disturbing. My thoughts are with the affected passengers and their families. He said, ‘I wish the injured in this accident a speedy recovery.’ At the same time, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that he is deeply saddened by the news of death in the train accident. The Vice President’s Secretariat quoted Naidu as saying, “My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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