Lucknow: The engine of New Farakka Express (14003) going to New Delhi from Malda Town and nine coaches derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning, at least seven people died and about 35 passengers were injured. . Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
The accident took place around 6 pm on Wednesday morning near Babapur in Harchandpur near Rae Bareli. Anand Kumar, Assistant Director General of the state, said that the injured have been admitted to PHC Harchandpur. Nine of these people are being conditioned seriously.
Kumar said that a team of ATS has also been sent on the spot to investigate the aspect of terror plot in the accident. Officials said that the passengers are currently being dispatched to Lucknow from where they will be sent to Delhi from a special train.
ADG said that all the top officials including the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, Regional Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate are present on the spot. All are supporting their relief and rescue work at their level. He said that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team and relief train has also reached the spot.
After the accident, Northern Railway has announced helpline numbers. According to Public Relations Officer Vikram Singh, the helpline number 0542 2213154 for Varanasi helpline number 0542 2503814, Lucknow Helpline number 9794830975, 9794830973, Pratapgarh Helpline number 05342 220492 and Rae Bareli.
Due to the accident, the traffic on all up and down lines of this route is interrupted. North Railway Public Relations Officer Vikram Singh said that due to the accident the change of 13 trains has been changed. According to railway sources, Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Railway Board, has left for the accident site.
Officials said that Goyal is in constant touch with the Railway Administration. He has asked for effective relief and rescue work and provide the best possible treatment to the injured. Expressing condolences over the accident, the Railway Minister has ordered the Northern Railway Railway Safety Commission to conduct an investigation into the accident.
Uttar Pradesh’s principal secretary Information Avnish Awasthi said that while expressing profound grief over the accident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a financial assistance of Rs two lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.