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Indore Patna Express derailment: Death toll 133

Written by Aravind   |   Posted: 11/21/2016 02:02 PM IST

Derailment of the Indore-Patna Express are complete and the death toll reaches 133, the police said. More than 200 has been injured in the worst rail mishap in the recent years, that has taken place in Kanpur Dehat. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha had said that a fracture in the rails and the jamming of wheels may be a possible cause.

More number of casualties were reported from the S1 and S2 coaches of the train which had crammed into each other trapping several people. The train was running at 110 km per hour when the accident occurred at Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur. The accident had come at a time when the Railways has devised a long-term plan to ensure zero accidents on its network.

The disaster has taken place at around 0300 hrs when the passengers were bumbed out of their sleep as the Patna-bound train had jumped the tracks and badly damaging four ordinary sleeper coaches in which hundreds were trapped.

“I am sad to learn about the accident in which many have lost their lives and a number of persons are injured. I am sure that the state government is providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as medical aid to the injured,” Mukherjee said in a message to the Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.

The PM tweeted, “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced a revised ex-gratia grant of Rs 3.5 lakh instead of Rs 2 lakh, to the families of the dead. “A high-level inquiry is on. We have mobilised our resources from all over the country. All our GMs have also reached the spot,” Prabhu said.

A group of villagers had saved the lives of 25 passengers after the Indore-Patna express derailed early Sunday morning. On hearing the news of derailment, Ashraf Ahmed, along with his friends Manoj Singh and Irfan of Mohammadpur rushed to the spot at around 3.45 am.

"As it was pitch dark, it took a lot of effort to take passengers out of the train safely," he said. "Also, it was prayer time and when news spread about the accident, we just rushed to the spot to help," said Mohammad Mukhtar, a resident village Mohammadpur.

“Almost every Sunday , we organise special puja at our house as all family members are present on this day but today we missed the puja to help people who were in dire need of help," said Mahesh Yadav, a local of Hasemau.

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