PATNA: A special train is set to leave the site of train derailment near Kanpur for Patna Junction railway station on Sunday afternoon carrying the injured Patna-bound passengers travelling in the ill-fated Rajendra Nagar Express train, said senior railway officials.
Rajendra Nagar is a locality in Bihar capital Patna, about 4 km from Patna Junction railway station. The mishap reportedly led to the deaths of nearly 97 passengers and injuries to nearly 100 others.
As many as 235 passengers – 161 in sleeper coaches and 74 in AC coaches – were travelling to Patna in the train that originated in Indore in Madhya Pradesh and passed through Varanasi in UP, said officials citing the train’s reservation charts for the day. There are, however, no details available about the number of passengers travelling in the train’s general coaches and others who might be travelling with waiting-list tickets.
The Bihar government announced four helpline numbers immediately after news of the mishap came. These helpline numbers and those announced by the railways were flooded by calls from people inquiring about their kin travelling in the train. Till about 11 AM, neither these helpline numbers nor railway officials deployed at Patna Junction railway station had any substantial information.
“The special train would bring the injured passengers and the bodies of passengers hailing from Bihar. There would be a team of doctors and railway officials in this train,” said a railway official.
Eight ambulances have been kept ready outside Patna Junction railway station and major government hospitals like PMCH and JPNMCH were asked to stay prepared to offer treatment to the injured passengers.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the deaths in the mishap and said his government would do everything to help the injured passengers. Pratyay Amrit, principal secretary of Bihar’s disaster management department, has been monitoring preparations in Patna to help the kin of the injured and the dead with information and other help.
Significantly, Nitish Kumar postponed a major official programme – issuing of his government’s report card for the past one year – to another day, yet to be decided, after learning of the train derailment near Kanpur.