7c News (train-derail)

Lucknow: Eight coaches of the Jabalpur- Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours on Thursday near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh.

According to Uttar Pradesh Health departments report, around 38 passengers of the Delhi-bound train were injured in the incident which took place at 2:07 AM.

The official said an accident relief train has also been rushed to the site and the injured have been given first-aid

Around eight coaches from the rear side of the train derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations, the CPRO said.

Senior officials, including the general manager of North Central Railway M C Chauhan, have rushed to site and rescue operations are on.

The cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained.

Railway officials have operationalised helplines at Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to disseminate information to relatives of the passengers.

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.

Siddharth Nath Singh said: “I am going to the site, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and railway officials have also reached. ATS & National Intelligence Agency (NIA) will be looking into the matter.”

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.

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