Sabotage suspected in Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express mishap

छपरा Chapra (CPR): At least four passengers were killed and another eight were injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chhapra on early Wednesday morning in a suspected sabotage by Maoists.

Twelve coaches were derailed in the incident, a Railway spokesperson said. Five coaches and the pantry car overturned in the derailment while seven other coaches and the power car got derailed at the station, about 75 kms from Patna, he said.

Railways suspected sabotage by Maoists behind the derailment. “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage. There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said, adding, “Another goods train, 60 kms away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast. 18 wagons got derailed in the accident.”

The Maoists have given a call for a bandh to protest security forces’ “strong armed” action against innocent people in the area on suspicion of being sympathetic to the Maoists.

Kumar said the authorities have ordered an enquiry to be conducted by Commissioner Railway Safety, Eastern Circle to know the causes of the accident.

Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each of the deceased, Rs one lakh for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20 thousand for those with minor injuries.

Passengers of the ill-fated train have been shifted to the nearby station to leave for their further destination.

Authorities recover three bombs 25 km away from train site

Investigating the train derailment at Chhapra, bomb squad authorities have recovered three timer bombs, 25 kilometre away from the accident site. Authorities said they are investigating the case from all angles and suspect it could be a sabotage by the Maoists.