Four passengers were killed and eight injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chapra early today.
12 coaches were derailed in the incident at around 02:00 hours today, a Railway spokesperson said. Five coaches B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and pantry car-overturned in the derailment while seven other coaches-B-5 to B-10 and power car-got derailed at the station, about 75 kms from Patna, he said.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that it was too early to blame Maoists for the derailment.
Saran District Magistrate Kundan Kumar told that the accident seems be due to operational problems and not triggered by Maoists.
He told reporters on the spot that another train Kaviguru Express had crossed the spot safely 15 minutes before Rajdhani Express.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh for the family of the deceased, Rs.1 lakh for the grievously injured passengers and Rs.20,000 for those with minor injuries.
Helpline numbers for passenger’s relative as Chapra 06152-43409, Muzaffarpur 0621 – 2213034 and Delhi 011-23342954.