Train Accident in West Bengal - Maoist Sabotage

Around 1:30 am of 28th May 2010, a Mumbai-bound train named Gyaneshwari Express met with an accident in West Bengal, Several Casualties.

2102 UP Howrah-Kurla "Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari" Super Deluxe Express, a Mumbai-bound train met with an accident near Sardiha, Jhargram, of West Midnapore district in West Bengal around 1:30 am. Around 13 coaches of the train got derailed. Later, a goods-train also clashed with 4 of these coaches. The coaches which damaged most are S-5, S-6, S-7, and S-8. Around 65 feared to be death and around 200 were injured. This is the update of the condition till 12 pm of 28th May, 2010.

Railway minister, Mamata Banerjee and other higher officials of Railways department and State Government also reached the spot to verify the condition. According to Railway Minister, the accident was caused due to bomb-blast. But for State Government, the accident occurred due to the removal of fish-plates. Around one-foot of the rail track was missing. Even Home Ministry also was of the opinion of Maoist Sabotage, as there was no sign of Bomb Blast. The driver of the train though said to be heard the sound of bomb blast, and hearing that the driver of the train pressed the break to stop the train. This caused the train to derail further. Later condition was worsened when it was hit by a speeding goods-train.

It had been alleged that rescue team reached almost three to four hours after the accident occurred. But the relief team tried best to rescue the people. The rescued people of the train were sent to Kharagpur District Hospital. The coaches damaged less were in use to send the rescued people to the hospitals. Some were sent through the helicopter too. The gas cutter had been used by the relief team to rescue the people.

Home Minister, P. Chidambaram was of the opinion that there had been some sabotage from Maoists side. Several leaflets from "Janasadharan Committee" were found near the accidents spot. Janasadharan Committee said to be a Maoist-supported organization. Further Railway Minister had been alerted before of this type of attacks from Maoist side, as Maoists were observing Black Weeks. State officials also hinted of Maoist Sabotage in this train accident. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also hinted at Maoists Sabotage and urged the Maoists to stop attacks on civilians. He is also scheduled to visit the spot. Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee stated it as a very tragic incident. Prime Minister, Manmohan singh and President of India, Pratibha Patil showed condolence to the relatives of deceased and injured ones and stated this accident as very much disappointing.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee promised to send more relief team. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a compensation of two lakh rupees to the next of the kin of the deceased and fifty thousand rupees to the injured. Further Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee also announced a compensation of five lakhs rupees to the next of the kins of deceased and 1 lakh rupees to injured peoples of the accidents. She also promised to provide jobs to 1 person from the family of deceased.

Helpline numbers

Due to the accident of 2102 UP Howrah-Kurla "Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari" Super Deluxe Express, Railway Officials opened some Helpline Numbers. To know about the list of injured and deceased, the relatives of the travelers of this 2012 UP Howrah-Kurla Gyaneshwari Express can contact here.

Helpline Number :

Toll free number - 10722

Howrah - (033)-26382217

Health Department, West Bengal - (033)-23571192

Writers Building, West Bengal - (033)-22144031/22145087

Mumbai CST - (022)-22694040

Mumbai LTT - (022)-25298490

Thane - (022)-2533 4840

Tatanagar - (0657)-2290324/2290074/2290382

Kharagpur - (03222)-255751/255735

Rourkela - (0661)-2511155

Jharsuguda (06445)-270977

Chakradharpur (06587)-238072

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