PATNA- At least four passengers died and 70 others injured when six coaches of the Delhi-Kamakhya North East Express derailed near the Raghunathpur station in Bihar’s Buxar district on Wednesday night, officials said, news agency PTI reported.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma posted on X saying, “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the quick recovery of those injured. A relief train has already departed Raghunathpur from Kamakhya Junction to bring back stranded passengers of Train 12506.”
The special relief train from Kamakhya junction that had gone to bring back the stranded passengers of the 12506 Northeast Express, six coaches of which derailed at Raghunathpur near Buxar in Bihar on Wednesday, will reach Guwahati at around 10:30 pm tonight.
The railways on Thursday ordered a high-level inquiry into the derailment of the Delhi-Kamakhya North East Express in Bihar’s Buxar district, in which four persons were killed and several people injured, officials said.
An ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh will be given to the next of kin of each deceased, and Rs 50,000 will be given to the injured, he said. ECR general manager Tarun Prakash, who is in Raghunathpur to supervise the restoration works, told PTI-Video that the …
Expressing condolences for the loss of lives, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw posted on X, “Will find the root cause of derailment.” He said evacuation and rescue operations were completed and all coaches have been checked.
The 12506 North East Express departed the Anand Vihar terminal in Delhi at 7:40 am on Wednesday for its nearly 33-hour journey to Kamakhya.
Electric wires, poles and tracks have been damaged due to the accident, officials said, adding that 21 trains operating on the route have been diverted as a result.