30 dead, dozens injured in Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express accident: Locals protest
Another railway accident and dozens of death. But this accident is not going to change anything with out railway or otherwise the safety of people in the country. human lives have no value in this part of the world and so no heads are going to roll following this heart wrenching incident that has left more than thirty people dead and many more dozens injured.
Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express met a major incident near Rai Bareli when two coaches of overcrowded passenger train derailed. reports suggest that the passenger trains bogies overturned when the driver overshot a signal, officials said. The ghastly accident took place at Banchrawa, 40 km from from here in Rae Bareli district, when the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express was on its way to Varanasi, the officials said.
The death toll may go up further as one of the two coaches was actually a general coach and many a times these coaches accommodate more than 200 people. These are ideally intended to seat not more than 110 people at the most. Rescuers struggled to remove bodies crushed within the mangled coaches. Some bodies were pulled out from under the coaches.
Officials too said that given the evolving condition the death toll may go up. “The number of casualties is likely to increase as the general bogey has been completely flattened,” an official told IANS. District officials assisting the railways in the rescue and relief effort also confirmed that the death toll would go up. Northern Railway officials said that prima facie the train driver seemed to be at fault.
Officials while talking about the accident said, “The train was to stop at the Banchrawa railway station but it did not. When he realized this, the engine driver applied the emergency brakes, leading to the derailmentâ€. The accident disrupted train services on the important New Delhi-Lucknow-Varanasi sector. Furious locals and villagers from nearby areas who rushed to the site raised slogans against the administration and railway authorities, saying official rescuers took a long time to reach the disaster spot.
Railway officials claim that a special relief train has been rushed to Banchrawa from Lucknow, the officials said. Six doctors and 20 ambulances were also sent to the accident site, and 100 beds have been reserved in Lucknow hospitals to cater to the injured, officials here told IANS. The Uttar Pradesh government has announced Rs.2 lakh each to the families of the dead and Rs.50,000 to the injured. The railways ordered a probe into the accident.
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