CHAPRA/PATNA: At least four passengers were killed and 23 others injured when 12 coaches of the Dibrugarh- bound Rajdhani Express derailed near Chapra in Bihar’s Saran district today,
with a controversy arising whether the Maoists had a hand in it.
Altogether 18 wagons of a goods train also derailed in a blast in East Champaran district suspected to have been triggered by the ultras, Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar said.
Seven coaches, B-5 to B-10 and the power car of the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani derailed at the Golden Ganj station, about 75 km from Patna, while five coaches, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and the
pantry car overturned at around 2:11 AM,
Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railway Arvind Kumar Rajak said. Some of the coaches were hurled as far as 700 feet away from the track, he said. Three passengers were killed and another succumbed to injuries in hospital, Rajak said. Railway minister Sadananda Gowda after inspecting the accident spot said that the sabotage angle and its denial would both be considered during investigation. Gowda announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each of the dead, Rs one lakh for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it was too early to blame the Maoists for the accident. Earlier, Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar told PTI in Delhi, “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage. There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment.”