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Bikaner Guwahati train accident: 5 killed and over 45 injured; kin of deceased to get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia; all other passengers rescued

Bikaner-Guwahati train accident: 5 killed and over 45 injured; kin of deceased to get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia; all other passengers rescued

Bikaner-Guwahati train accident: 5 killed and over 45 injured; kin of deceased to get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia; all other passengers rescued
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By CNBCTV18.com Jan 14, 2022 12:00:48 PM IST (Updated)

The accident occurred near Dohomoni in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. TV footage showed rescue workers trying to extricate the trapped passengers from the coaches that lay on their side down the elevated tracks.

At least five people died and more than 45 sustained injuries when a dozen coaches of the 15633 Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed and overturned in West Bengal on Thursday. The accident occurred around 5pm near Dohomoni in Jalpaiguri district.

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TV footage showed a number of coaches lying on their side down the elevated tracks, while rescue workers were seen trying to extricate the trapped passengers.
The Northeast Frontier Railway said there were about 1,053 passengers onboard at the time of derailment and a special train to ferry the stranded passengers has left for the accident site from New Jalpaiguri at 7.05 pm, an NFR statement said. Around 9.30 pm, the NFR said, rescue operations had been completed.
Assam special DGP (Law and Order) G P Singh said in a tweet that the relief train with stranded passengers is expected to reach Guwahati around 2am on January 14. All stranded passengers have been provided with drinking water and snacks from the pantry car of the train.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the deceased and said, "May the injured recover quickly."
Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said he will reach the accident site on Friday. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has taken stock of the situation. "Our focus is on the rescue (operations). Ex gratia has also been announced," Vaishnaw said.
Guneet Kaur, Chief public relations officer, NFR, Guwahati, said ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased, while severely injured passengers will be given Rs 1 lakh. Those with minor injuries will get Rs 25,000.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, expressing distress over the accident, and assured that "those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible".
The accident occurred more than 90 km from Alipurduar Junction, a NFR spokesperson said, adding, "An accident relief train with a medical team is on way to the spot. We are awaiting further details," the spokesperson said.
Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were dispatched, as were State DRF teams, cutting equipments, ambulances and food materials.
A high-level Commission of Railway Safety enquiry has been ordered into the accident, officials said.
Chairman of the Railway Board VK Tripathi and Director-General (Safety) Ravinder Gupta have left from Delhi for the accident site, Railway officials told CNBC-TV18.
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With agency inputs
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