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4 dead, 8 injured as New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derails in Bihar

 
4 dead as 12 bogies of Rajdhani Express derail near Chhapra
Four passengers died and eight others suffered injuries when 12 coaches of the 12236 New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed near Chhapra in Bihar in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
The injured were admitted to a hospital in Chhapra and some of them may be shifted to state capital Patna later, they said.
 
They said three of the victims died on the spot, while the fourth succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
 
The mishap occurred around 2.15 am today when the 12 coaches -- B1 to B10, the power car and the pantry car -- derailed at a spot near Chhapra, about 75 km from Patna, they said. Most of the passengers were asleep and were rudely awakened by the derailment.
 
While the cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained, East Central Railway (ECR) officials have not ruled out the possibility of sabotage.
 
"There was a general strike called by Maoists in the area and there are some other indications also pointing to possible sabotage," ECR officials said.
 
Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda told newspersons in Delhi that the Commissioner of Railway Safety would inquire into the accident and establish the cause of derailment.
 
He, however, said 18 coaches of a goods train had derailed today at a spot 60 km from Chhapra, and that incident appeared to be a case of sabotage.
 
Mr Gowda, who was on his way to Patna to visit the scene of the mishap, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of each of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to each of the grievously injured and Rs 20,000 to those who suffered simple injuries.
 
Senior ECR officials from its headquarters Haipur and Chhapra, district administration and police officials and rescue and relief teams rushed to the spot immediately.
 
The passengers of the train were taken to Hajipur and will be sent to their destinations by a special train later today, ECR officials added.
 
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