By A Newsman
Siliguri, 07 December: RAILWAYS have confirmed that two passengers have died and the number of injured is six in the derailment of Guwahati-bound 13248 Capital Express near Samuktala Road station in Alipurduar district in north Bengal around 09.05 pm last night.
The deceased passengers ~ both adult males ~ have been identified as Munshi Nath (65) and Mahesh Nath (40) hailing from Faridabad in Haryana and from the same family.
The six injured, that includes a female, have been identified as Parikshit Mandal (40), Rupa Mandal (34), and Pritam Mandal (16) of Milan Pally at Banarhat in the Dooars and Indrajit Mandal (25) of Dhuramari at Banarhat, Shah Jamal Sheikh (35) of Goalpara in Assam, and Surender Prasad (38) of Pandu in Guwahati.
Of them, Indrajit Mandal and Shah Jamal Sheikh, both of whom have suffered leg injuries, are now admitted to the Alipurduar District Hospital. The rest four have been released on first-aid today morning.
The engine and two coaches (one seating-cum-luggage rake (SLR) and a general second class coach) of the Capital Express had soon after the train moved onto a rail bridge a little away from Samuktala.
Following this, the engine fell into the tiny river below, while the two coaches derailed and got crumbled on each-other.
Even before the railway rescue team could reach the site, passengers from other coaches of the train rescued the people struck in the accident-hit coaches. But they could not recuse the two passengers from Faridabad as they got badly stuck in one of the coaches. Their bodies were brought out by railway rescue team in the wee hours today.
Some 150 stranded passengers of the train were taken back to Alipurduar Junction by 15772 Kamakhya – Alipurduar Junction Inter City Express. The unaffected portion of the train consisting of 19 coaches was detached and pushed back from the site. The train resumed its journey for Guwahati at 05.10 am this morning after rescue and relief operation was completed.
Northeast Frontier Railway chief spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said that prima facie, the cause of the accident appeared to be the overshooting of signal by the driver of the train. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a thorough enquiry into the accident to fix responsibility.
As a result of the accident, following trains have been cancelled / diverted or short-terminated:
- 55753/55754 Alipurduar – Guwahati – Alipurduar Sifung Passenger on 7-12-16.
- 15769/15770 Alipurduar – Lumding – Alipurduar Intercity Express on 7-12-16.
- 15771/15772 Alipurduar – Kamakhya – Alipurduar Intercity Express on 7-12-16.
- 55713 New Jalpaiguri – Rangiya Passenger will be short-terminated at New Cooch Behar and will return from New Cooch Behar as per timing of 55714.
- 55714 Rangiya – New Jalpaiguri Passenger will be short terminated at New Bongaigaon and will return as per timings of 55713.
As one of the lines at Samuktala station has been blocked, some trains will run via New Cooch Behar – Golakganj – Fakiragram – New Bongaigaon route instead of New Cooch Behar – Samuktala – New Bongaigaon route. These are:
- 12515 Tiruvanantapuram (TVC) – Guwahati Express
- 14056 Delhi – Dibrugarh Brahmaputra Mail
- 15904 Chandigarh – Dibrugarh express
- 12506 Anand Vihar –Guwahati NE Express
- 15619 Gaya-Kamakhya Express
- 15959 Howrah- Dibrugarh Kamrup Express
- 12345 Howrah – Guwahati Saraighat Express
- 06336 Kachuveli-Guwahati special train