Kolkata: As many as 30 passengers fell ill after having breakfast in the 12278 Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express train that left Puri at 6.45 am today.
Out of the ill passengers, 13 are now admitted to the Kharagpur Railway Hospital in West Midnapore. They mostly hail from Baghajatin in Kolkata, Baruipur in South 24-Parganas, and Birbhum; they were travelling in C2, C3, and C4 coaches of the upscale train.
According to their co-travellers, Shatabdi Express left Puri on time at 5.45 am and the passengers were served breakfast around 6.50 am when the train reached Bhubaneswar. The breakfast included omelet, bread, and French fries.
But a little after having the breakfast some of the passengers complained of stomach pain, headache, and soon started vomiting. There were 475 passengers in the train and as the train moved ahead, at least 30 of them fell ill.
The onboard railway staff contacted higher officials of the South Eastern Railway, which operates the particular train.
At their advice, 13 of the ill passengers were de-boarded at Kharagpur railway station when the train reached there at 11.50 am. They were rushed to the Kharagpur Railway Hospital. This delayed the train by about 1.30 hours.
The other passengers, who showed similar symptoms but were stable, continued the journey to Howrah. On reaching here at 3.14 pm, they were administered first-aid by railway doctors.
Debasish Chandra, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) east zone group general manager, who personally turned up at Howrah station to speak to the passengers said that a probe has been ordered into the incident and strict action will be taken if anything wrong is found in the food.
He said that the breakfast was procured from the railway kitchen at Puri and samples of the same have now been sent for lab tests.