Nine Dead, 36 Injured After Bikaner-Guwahati Express Train Derails In Bengal

The death toll in the Bikaner-Guwahati train accident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district has risen to nine, said Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO), Northeast Frontier Railway on Friday.

The Prime Minister also earlier today took stock of the situation. He also announced an enhanced amount of ex gratia compensation to the victims of the accident.

Indian Railways announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family members of people who lost their lives in the incident that took place near Domohani (West Bengal), this evening. The injured have been taken to Jalpaigudi District Hospital and New Moinagudi district hospital.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped after multiple bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district today. The accident took place near Domohani in West Bengal this evening.

Briefing media persons over the accident, Guneet Kaur, Chief PRO, North-East Frontier Railway, Guwahati said, “Accident occurred around 5 pm between Domohani and New Maynaguri. Around 10 coaches were affected. An ex-gratia amount has also been announced for the affected passengers. A high-level inquiry has also been ordered,” she added.

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