Patna : Recounting the fear and shock following the derailment of the Rajdhani Express, passengers of the New Delhi-Dibrugarh train on Wednesday said it was a ‘night to forget’.
Rita Nath of Guwahati, who suffered injured on her head and chest in the derailment, said, “All the passengers in the coach had dinner early and went to sleep. I was sleeping on my berth when I suddenly felt the train tilting to one side. It tumbled over before I could get up. I lost consciousness after that,” Rita said.
“I regained consciousness after some time. It was dark all around. My limbs were numb and my head was paining. Some people pulled me out. I was thinking of death. This is one night I would like to forget in my life,” she said. 13-year-old Mauli Dhawan, was also sleeping when the accident took place. She was travelling with her relative Pawan Kumar and bot have suffered head injuries.
Mauli said, “One uncle broke the window of my coach. He pressed my head, which was bleeding. Somebody wrapped a bandage and I was brought here.”
Kavita Saikia of Tinsukia in Assam escaped unhurt, but her husband Achintya Saikia was not so lucky. He received head injuries and cuts on his legs. “I am worried because he is a heart patient. We had gone to Delhi for his treatment and while returning had got berths in B-2 compartment. Most of the people travelling in my coach were injured. We were were rescued after much effort,” said Kavita.
Nirupama Majumdar, a resident of Barpeta Road in Assam, and a passenger of coach number B-3, was sleeping on the middle berth, when she heard a loud noise. She fell on the floor of the coach while one of her relatives sleeping on the upper berth fell on her. Her husband caught hold of the rods around the berth to stop himself from falling down, but injured his hands in the process.
‘Rly had intel inputs’
Railway Ministry had intelligence inputs about a possible Maoist attack on rail properties in Tirhut and Saran regions of Bihar, a senior RPF official claimed after the derailment of Rajdhani Express in Chapra.
“There were intelligence reports of possible Maoist attack on rail properties in Tirhut and Saran region and accordingly Railway Ministry had alerted the East Central Railway, GRP and district administrations,” the official said.
Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Chapra and Hazipur are among the areas which comprise Tirhut and Saran regions in Bihar.
The intelligence advisory was issued by railways to the concerned authorities on June 20 to take adequate preventive measures to in the wake of Maosit bandh call to check possible attack on railway proprties in the region.
There were two incidents involving Dibrugrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and a goods train in the region today and railways suspect it to be sabotage