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Relief Operations and Investigation Under Way to Look into Mahakaushal Accident

At least eight coaches of the Mahakaushal Express derailed early on March 30, injuring at least 36 passengers.

The Mahakaushal Express derailed near Kulpahar, Uttar Pradesh. Credit: ANI

The Mahakaushal Express derailed near Kulpahad, Uttar Pradesh. Credit: ANI

Banda, Uttar Pradesh: At least 36 passengers were injured, ten of them seriously, as at least eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early on March 30 in neighbouring Mahoba.

The incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village when the bogies derailed, superintendent of police  (Mahoba) Gaurav Singh said. According to the Indian Expressthe chief public relations officer, North Central Railway had said that around eight coaches from the rear side of the train had derailed at around 2:07 am. He also said that a relief train had been rushed to the site. According to the report, a 47 member NDRF team was dispatched.

Singh said that ten of the seriously injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba, he said.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the accident site.

The health minister said he was personally monitoring the rescue and relief efforts.

Thirty doctors and 21 ambulances have been rushed to the accident site, the minister said.

The SP said relief and rescue operations are on in full swing and two helpline numbers have been activated for the help of passengers and their family members. The numbers are 05101072 and 051921072. As per Indian Express, helplines have been operationalised in Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to help relatives of passengers access information.

The cause of the accident remains unclear as of now. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted to say that an investigation has been ordered to look into the incident. Senior administrative and railway officials who reached the site also said that investigations are going on to ascertain the cause of the accident.

(with PTI inputs)