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Train derails in Bihar, 1 dead
Tribune News Service

A passenger of the ill-fated Delhi-bound Magadh Vikramshila Express, which derailed near Buxer, being received by his parents after he reached safely at the Patna station on Sunday.
A passenger of the ill-fated Delhi-bound Magadh Vikramshila Express, which derailed near Buxer, being received by his parents after he reached safely at the Patna station on Sunday. PTI photo

New Delhi, June 1
A 45-year-old man was killed and 19 were injured as the New Delhi-bound Magadh Express derailed between Baruna and Buxar railway stations under the Danapur rail division in Bihar early this morning.

Railway officials said in the Capital that identity of the passenger killed, who was travelling from Patna to Allahabad, had not been established yet. They said 14 coaches of the train derailed.

The passengers, who had sustained minor injuries, were discharged from the Buxer Sadar Hospital after first-aid.

Officials said medical vans with relief material and doctors had reached the site. A railway spokesman said that the General Manager (East-Central Railway) and the Divisional Railway Manager, Danapur, had reached the site to supervise the relief work. Normal service have resumed on the down line, he added.

He said the Railways had announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 15,000 to seriously injured and Rs 5,000 to those who had suffered minor injuries.

The injured include Ticket Collector K.K. Verma, Ram Rati Devi, Kiran Devi, Badrika Prasad, Mahesh Kumar, Sanjay Poddar, Mahesh Poddar, Mohammad Guddu, Sudhir Roy, Dilip Singh, Mohammad Lukman, Mohammad Imtiyaz Alam, Budh Tanti, Shyam Gupta, Shkesha, Rajeshwar Mishra, Sridhar Mishra, Birju, Pramod Mandal, Dhanik Mahto and Gaurav Kumar. 
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Different versions

Buxar (Bihar), June 1
The Railways and the police have different versions of the cause of derailment.

Divisional Railway Manager, Danapur, P.K. Goyal claimed that the prima facie evidence established sabotage as the reason for the derailment, while Inspector-General of Police (Railway) V. Narayanan ruled out any such possibility.

Mr Goyal said the railway tracks were found cut at two places near the spot. He said the Railway Safety Commissioner would probe into the matter. UNI
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