Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train

Ranjit Mahanti

THIRTEEN passengers are feared to dead and over 30 are reported injured when a passenger train derailed on Konkan Railway route in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Sunday.

Railways has also started two helpline—Thane—022-25334840 and Panwel—022-27468.

According to railway officials incident occurred around 9.30 am between Nagothane and Roha railway stations near Nidi village about 120km from Mumbai. Engine and four out of 20 bogies of the Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed.

The bodies are yet to be identified. Ten bodies have been sent to Nagothane primary health Centre for postmortem. Two bodies have been taken to government hospital at Roha. The injured passengers are being rushed to Roha for medical treatment. Services on Konkan Railway route were suspended.

Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has announced inquiry for the mishap. Commissioner, Railway Safety, Chetan Bakshi will conduct the inquiry. He also announced ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh for died, Rs 50,000 for the grievously hurt and Rs10, 000 for minor injuries.

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