Eight coaches of the Mahakaushal Express derailed on Thursday morning in Uttar Pradesh leaving at least 50 passengers injured, officials said.
The condition of at least four of the injured is said to be critical.
According to a railway official, the express train that runs between Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi derailed around 2 am.
The train derailed moments after it left from the Mahoba station. The derailment, which took place around 10 kilometres ahead of Mahaba, could have been worse if the train was travelling at a faster speed.
Four air-conditioned coaches, one sleeper coach, two general coaches and one SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake) coach derailed between Laadpur and Supa near Kulpahar station.
The remaining coaches and passengers left from the accident site at 6.45 a.m. The cause of derailment is yet to ascertained.
RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS
Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced an enhanced amount of ex-gratia payment to victims of Train No 12189 Jabalpur - Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express. The amount includes Rs. 50000 for grevious injuries and Rs. 25000 for simple injuries.
Senior railway officials including General Manager of North Central Railways and others rushed to the spot.
Inspector General of ATS Arun Assem confirmed that one ATS team reached the spot in Mahoba. On whether a terrorist group has got anything to do with the train derailment, the ATS said it is too early to talk. 'Investigation is underway on the same lines.'
Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh also rushed to the accident site to oversee rescue and relief operations, an official told IANS in Lucknow.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
Following the accident, the Jhansi-Banda line was shut for traffic and several trains travelling through Jhansi were cancelled. Around half a dozen trains have been redirected through Kanpur.
The following helpline numbers have also been issued to disseminate information to the relatives of the passengers.
Delhi 011 23341072/74
Earlier in 2017, at least 41 people were killed after nine coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.
While in November 2016, in one of the worst rail disasters in the country, at least 145 persons were killed and around 100 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur.