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36 injured as six bogies of Mahakaushal Express derail

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the accident site.

At least 36 passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously, as six bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early today in neighbouring Mahoba.

The incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village when the last six bogies derailed, SP (Mahoba) Gaurav Singh said.

Ten of the seriously injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba, he said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the accident site.

The health minister said he was personally monitoring the rescue and relief efforts.

Thirty doctors and 21 ambulances have been rushed to the accident site, the minister said.

The SP said relief and rescue operations are on in full swing and two helpline numbers have been activated for the help of passengers and their family members.The numbers are 05101072 and 051921072.

The bogies which derailed comprised three AC and three general.

Earlier, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway had said that around eight coaches from the rear side of the train have derailed.

Senior administrative and railway officials have reached here and investigations are going on to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Railways announces ex-gratia for those injured in derailment

Railways announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 in case of grievous injury and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries in the Mahakaushal Express derailment today.

While the UP ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said 52 passengers were injured in the mishap, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said 21 were injured, including one seriously.

Railways has ordered an inquiry into the derailment of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express in the wee hours today near Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh.

Prima facie, a crack in the rail tracks seems to be the cause of the derailment.

The mishap disrupted rail traffic on the route with services of 14 trains disrupted, railway officials said.
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