Post tragedy, Indore-Patna Express resumes service
Three days after the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express on Sunday, the train resumes its service to Patna from Indore on Thursday.
The accident had claimed 150 lives, injuring dozens. The bi-weekly train, according to HT report, runs between Indore and Patna on Saturday and Wednesday. The train departed from Indore at 2 pm and will reach Rajendra Nagar (Patna) at 5.05 pm on the next day.
Three days after the shocking incident, all four general coaches of the express train were jam packed with hardly any seat left unoccupied while many, holding waiting tickets for AC and sleeper classes, were seen traveling sitting on the floor when the locomotive chugged out of the station at 2pm.
The incident took place around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur. “90 people have died in Indore-Patna Express derailment,” said Prabhakar Chowdhury, SP, Kanpur Dehat, earlier on Sunday.
Over 250 police officials had been helping to carry out rescue and relief operations, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also expressed anguish over the loss of lives and the injured. “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore Express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Modi said in a tweet.
PM Modi said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation.
“Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely,” Modi had said.
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the incident. “An inquiry has been ordered into the accident and that strict action will be taken against all those responsible,” Prabhu had tweeted.