Train derails in Jaipur, 7 dead, 40 injured

Jaipur, Sat, 14 Nov 2009 NI Wire

As much as seven passengers were killed and over 40 injured when 15 boggies (five AC, seven sleeper and three general coaches) of a Delhi-bound train Mandore Express derailed Saturday morning between Jhar and Jathwara stations, 40 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The mishap held at 1:30 a.m. at Banskho near Jaipur when some portion of the track penetrated the AC compartment of Mandore Express as the train picked up the speed after leaving Jaipur Station.

The passengers sleeping on the upper birth of the train suddenly fall down and injured badly. Some of them were died on the spot. The rescue operation team, which rushed immediately from Jaipur have recovered seven dead bodies through cutting the iron rods using welding machines.

All the injured passengers have been sent to Sawai Mansingh Hospital, Jaipur.

The top officers of North West Railways have also rushed immediately to the spot for inspecting the condition and rescue operation.

The North West Railway authorities have said that all the passengers would be carried to Jaipur through road and a special train will carry them to Delhi from there.

Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee has announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to the kin of the dead person while seriously injured would be get Rs.1,00,000. A sum of Rs.10,000 will be compensate to minor injured persons.

Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajsathan has also announced an exgratia of Rs.2-lakh to the kin of dead and Rs.1-Lakh to seriously injured person. The minor injured would get Rs.50,000 as a compensation from the state government.

Due to this accident, the running of the trains on this route have affected badly and railway authorities have ordered to cancel two fast passenger trains and diverted the route of 24 other trains including New Delhi- Ajmer Shatabdi Express.

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