Petroleum Minister expresses grief over Rajdhani mishap

New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas  Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday expressed his grief over the train mishap in Bihar that claimed at least five lives.

In an official statement, Pradhan said: “ I am grieved at the tragic accident of Dibugarh Rajdhani Express near Chapra railway station today. I express my heartfelt condolence to the families of the passengers who lost their lives in the accident. I wish an early recovery for the injured.”

Apart from those killed, eight others were injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed this morning at around 2.15 a.m. near Chhapra.

It is suspected that Naxalites could have played a hand in the derailment.

Arunendra Kumar, Railway Board Chairman, said that the prima facie of the mishap cause seemed to be sabotage as Maoists had announced blockade today.

One of the passengers, Anil, said that there was a loud explosion after which he looked for his brother and sister-in-law who had also suffered concussions in the incident.

He also said that his wife was still trapped in the train compartment and was yet to be rescued.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who reached the spot, told ANI, “About nine train compartments had derailed and the accident was quite horrific, adding, “About four people had died and eight-nine people were injured.”

He said, “The incident, which took place at about 2- 2:15 am, after the train had crossed Chhapra Junction, was an unusual one. Only after an investigation can it be revealed whether it was a sabotage or an accident.”

He said, “Railway officials reached the spot quickly and helped with the evacuation, adding “Whatever the government can do, it is trying to do.”

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