People look at the derailed bogies of New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express near Chapra in Bihar, India. Four people were killed in the incident. Photo: NDTV
Four people have been killed after Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed near Chhapra in Bihar early today, reports the Times of India.
According to reports, 11 coaches of train number 12236 have derailed.
Railways, while confirming the death of four people in the accident, has not ruled out sabotage in view of a shutdown call by Maoists in the area.
Relief and rescue operations are on in full swing at the accident site. Relief train is taking the stranded passengers to the nearest station, according to the report of the Times of India.
Railway minister Sadananda Gowda has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for those seriously injured and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
"Commissioner of railway safety will conduct an independent inquiry to find out the cause of the accident," the railway minister said.
Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar said sabotage seems to be the prima facie cause of the accident.
Train derailed around 2.15am, prima facie cause seems to be sabotage.
Earlier, DIG Saran Vinod Kumar also confirmed four deaths speaking to NDTV.
"The accident happened soon after the train left Chhapra station around 2am," the DIG said.
"Around 8 to 10 people have been injured in the accident," Vinod Kumar told the channel.
The site where the Dibrugarh Rajdhani express derailed in Chhapra,rescue ops underway
The DIG had ruled out sabotage.
"The driver said he heard no sound of explosion. The train stopped after some noise on the tracks," he said.
Railway officials said that the line will be restored by evening.