Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed to provide medical relief to injured passengers of the derailed train Mahakaushal express free of cost who have been admitted to district hospital Mahoba or referred to Jhansi medical college. He said, no negligence should be allowed in treatment and medical aid to the victims.
District police chief Mahoba Gaurav Singh told AIR that 52 passengers were injured when Nizamuddin bound Mahakaushal express derailed near Kulpahar railway station in Mahoba district late last night. He said, two of the injured have been referred to Jhansi. Mr Singh said, all injured are out of danger. He said, central agencies are reaching Mahoba to probe the accident. Railways have already announced an inquiry conducted by a senior grade officer. District authorities have also initiated probe into it.
State Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has said that he himself is monitoring the relief operation and medical help to victims. No causality is reported so far. Quoting sources, AIR correspondent reports that 8 bogies of the train including four AC coaches, one sleeper, two general and a SLR coach of the train were affected in the accident. Cause of the accident is yet not known.
Officials said, Railway traffic is disrupted on Mahoba- Jhansi rail section. Mahakaushal express has started its onward journey with 10 coaches leaving derailed bogies. Eight additional coaches were attached to the train at Jhansi railway station. Local passengers have been sent to their destinations by buses. Above one dozen trains have been either diverted or cancelled due to this accident.
Railways have opened helpline numbers at different stations following the derailment. Help line numbers working at Mathura are 0565 2402008 and 2402009, Allahabad- 0532 1072 and 2408149, Kanpur- 0512 1072 and 2323015 ,16, 18. Helpline number at Jhansi is 0510-1072, Gwalior 0751-1072 and Banda 05192-1072.