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9 Killed, 36 injured as Express train derails in Bengal, Railway Minister at site

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Jalpaiguri: Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed near Domohani in West Bengal on Thursday evening. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday visited the train accident site, where the death toll in the accident rose to nine and 36 people are in hospitals as officials said no more passengers were trapped in the derailed coaches.

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Vaishnaw said, “A statutory inquiry has been initiated. PM Modi is monitoring the situation and I’m in constant touch with him. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

“Death toll in Bikaner-Guwahati Express mishap has risen to nine. The rescue operation has been completed. 36 injured were admitted to different hospitals. Passengers were sent to Guwahati by special train,” Union Minister John Barla said.

Indian Railways has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family members of people who lost their lives in the incident.The Prime Minister, earlier on Thursday, took stock of the situation. He also announced an enhanced amount of ex-gratia payment to the victims of the accident. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) carried out the rescue operation as passengers were trapped after multiple bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Thursday. The accident took place near Domohani in West Bengal at around 5 pm. Around 10 coaches were affected in the accident.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and CM Ashok Gehlot have expressed their grief over loss of lives in Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailment.

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