Train services restored in Seemanchal Express accident site

Patna/Hajipur : Normal rail traffic resumed Tuesday on the Hajipur-Bachhwara-Barauni section in Bihar, more than 48 hours after it got disrupted on account of the derailment of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express which had claimed six lives.



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An FIR claiming that negligence by railway officials had led to the accident was lodged at Hajipur on Tuesday.

According to a release issued by the East Central Railway headquartered at Hajipur, clearing of the tracks and repair work were completed on Monday night.

The technical approval for plying of trains on the section was given early Tuesday morning following which the Saharsa-Pataliputra Janhit Express ran through the route and passed Sahdei Buzurg — the site of the accident — at around 9.30 am, it said.

The release said that train services in the route have become normal.

Eleven bogies of the Jogmani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express had jumped the tracks early Sunday, killing six persons and leaving more than 30 injured.

Of the six deceased, three were from Khagaria district of Bihar and the other three belonged to Uttar Dinajpur district of neighbouring West Bengal.

A report from Hajipur said, an FIR has been lodged at the GRP police station there by Haider Ali, a resident of Uttar Dinajpur district, who lost his two uncles and grandmother in the accident.

Ali lodged the FIR blaming railway officials’ negligence in maintenance tracks for the accident before taking away bodies of his uncles Shamsuddin Alam and Ansar Alam besides grandmother Saiyada Khatoon, said Arvind Kumar Mishra, station house officer of Hajipur GRP police station.

The three had boarded the train at Katihar station which is situated close to the West Bengal district.



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