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Bikaner-Guwahati train accident: Primary investigation reveals flaw in engine

West Bengal, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the train accident site near Domohani, Jalpaiguri on Friday.

The news: Giving the latest updates in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express mishap Union Minister John Barla informed that the death toll has risen to 9 while 36 injured were admitted to different hospitals. The rescue operation is over. Passengers were sent to Guwahati by special train.

What they’re saying: On Friday West Bengal, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the train accident site near Domohani, Jalpaiguri. After viewing the accident site, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw talked to the media and presented details about the incident.

He says, “A statutory inquiry has been initiated. As per primary repor, a flaw in locomotive equipment. PM Modi is monitoring the situation & I’m in constant touch with him. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

  • He further informed that the disbursement of ex gratia amount to the families of the victims has begun. Family of each deceased will get Rs 5 lakhs, those who sustained grievous injuries will get Rs 1 lakh, & those with nonserious injuries will get Rs 25,000.

What happened: After twelve carriages of the Bikaner-Guwahati express train were involved in an accident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri region, the Indian Railways diverted nine trains and cancelled numerous others. Nine individuals were killed and 36 others were injured in the disaster that occurred in the Alipurduar division of the Northeast Frontier Railway.

The Guwahati-Howrah Saraighat Express, Kamakhya-Anand Vihar Express, New Delhi-Agartala Tejas Rajdhani Express, and Trivandrum-Silchar Express are among the trains that have been diverted to alternate routes.

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