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Again train safety & track issue has been raised.....At least 35 people were killed and about 150 others injured on Friday when the engine and two adjoining coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station in this district.
Coming from Dehradun, the Janta Express train was heading for Varanasi, when the engine jumped the rails and its first two coaches, packed with passengers, collapsed, leaving 80 persons trapped, railway officials told the media.
Top railway and state government officials reached the site two hours after the mishap. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha were reportedly on their way to Bachhrawan.
The rescue operations concluded around 4 pm, with Divisional Railway Manager A K Lahoti declaring, “All bodies have been extricated as well as the injured passengers have been rescued from the mangled coaches. We will also shortly clear the tracks to restore traffic on the Lucknow-Varanasi section of the northern railway.”
The accident occurred around 9.10 am. With a number of passengers strapped inside the first coach behind the engine, loud cries and wails of the survivors could be heard. The police had a tough time controlling local villagers, who rushed to the spot.
“Around 30 bodies pulled out from the door, while the remaining were extricated only after cutting the thick steel of the first coach,” the official said. “The brunt of the accident was faced by passengers in the first coach, which was a general unreserved compartment, while those in the second coach suffered minor injuries,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex gratia relief of Rs 2,00,000 to the next of kin of each of those killed and Rs 50,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 20,000 to those with minor injuries.