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7 dead, 35 injured as 9 coaches of New Farakka Express derail in UP
From the Webdesk, 10/10/2018, RAEBARELI

At least seven persons were killed and more than 35 others injured, nine seriously, when nine coaches of the New Farakka Express derailed near Harchandpur railway station in UP on Wednesday morning.
"Two more dead bodies have been taken out from the derailed coaches taking the death toll to seven. Nine passengers are grievously injured. Drone cameras, long range cameras are being used," UP ADG law and order Anand Kumar said. Two passengers trapped inside derailed coaches were safely rescued.

The accident took place on early Wednesday morning at 6.05 am, nearly 50 m from Harchandpur railway station, Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satish Kumar said. The train was headed from Malda Town in West Bengal to New Delhi. Hydraulic cutters have been rushed to the spot to help in rescue operations," said additional director general of police (ADG) Law and Order (LO) Anand Kumar.

A team of doctors in an accident relief Van has been rushed to the site from Lucknow and emergency helpline numbers have been set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, Mughalsarai, officials said. All up and down lines on the route have been blocked and officials suspect that the number of casualties may rise.

The Prime Minister expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident. The stranded passengers are being taken Lucknow and from there they will be sent to Delhi by a special train, officials said.

Inspector General (IG) PAC A Satish Ganesh said officers and jawans of 25th Batallion PAC Rae Bareilly have also been engaged in rescue and relief operations.

State Disaster Relief Force teams have also been pressed into service.

The ADG said that the reason for derailment will be known after an Anti-Terrorism Squad is sent for an on-the-spot probe.

Emergency helpline number for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction: 05412-254145 (BSNL) and 027-73677 (Railway).

Emergency helpline numbers set up at Patna Station: 0612-2202290, 0612-2202291, 0612-220229 (BSNL), and 025-83288 (Railway)

All up and down lines on the route have been blocked and officials suspect that the number of casualty may rise.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who is in constant touch with the railway administration, has directed to effectively undertake relief and rescue operation and provide best possible medical help to the injured, the officials said. He also announced compensation for the deceased and injured. Expressing condolences over the loss of lives, he has ordered an enquiry into the accident which will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the train accident and directed the DM, SP, health authorities and NDRF to provide all possible help.

The CM expressed his condolences for the deceased and directed to the director general of police to take all necessary action, he added.

He also announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured.


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