Kolkata: In an unfortunate incident of derailment of 12 coaches of Bikaner-Guwahati Express near Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri district in the state happened at 5 pm which claimed at least eight lives and left several injured.
According to North East Frontier Railway CPRO, Guleet Kaur 24 was sent to Jalpaiguri district hospital and 16 were sent to Moynaguri government hospital. About 10 people are critical and will be shifted to the North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri.
“Several helpline numbers have been started and families of the affected passengers can directly call in the helpline numbers. Enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate accident of rupees 5 Lakh in case of death, rupees 1 Lakh towards grievous and rupees 25,000 for minor injuries,” said Kaur.
The North East Railway Frontier sources confirmed that there were a total of 1200 passengers out of which 700 passengers boarded from Bikaner.
According to Jalpaiguri district hospital sources, out of 24 injured two were brought dead in the hospital.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who will visit the accident site on Friday along with chairperson of the Railway Board and DG (Safety), Railway Board will also visit the accident site.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on twitter said, “Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”
Taking to Twitter Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also assured of all help to treat the injured passengers.
“Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri. Senior Officers of the State Government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. Those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible,” mentioned Mamata.
Mamata also spoke about the accident with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma.
According to sources, the injured people were taken to hospital by green corridor and all the doctors and nurses of hospitals in Siliguri and Darjeeling are asked not to leave the hospitals in case more critical patients can be admitted there.
According to eyewitnesses local police and NDRF are using gas cutters to rescue the trapped passengers.
The eyewitness however, claimed that due to the sudden jamming of brake by the driver the accident took place, but the exact reason for the accident and jamming of sudden brake is yet to be ascertained.
After being rescued several passengers were seen in a state of shock and till the time of reporting according to IG North Bengal every passenger had been evacuated.
Owner of an NGO Bangla Yuva Shakti also assured of all help in treating the injured patients and said that they have arranged for bloods in case of critical patients.
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