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50 killed, 150 hurt in Mukerian train collision

Trains collide near Hoshiarpur
Mukerian (Punjab), December 14
There was a collision between Jammu Tawi Ahmedabad express and and Jalandhar Pathankot Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) passenger train near Mansar village between Mirthala and Bangar railway stations in the Jalandhar-Pathankot railway section which falls in the Hoshiarpur district.

Although railway sources said 27 persons were killed and 50 others injured in the collision, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has put the number of those killed in the mishap even higher, at 50, and of injured at around 150.

Rail services on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section have been suspended following the mishap. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav briefed reporters in New Delhi about the mishap, but he couldn’t tell the exact number of those killed. He has reached the site of the accident along with senior railway, police and civil officials.

The Punjab CM made his statement in the state Assembly in Chandigarh this afternoon, as the house met on the opening day of its brief winter session. There had been substantial damage to four bogies of the two trains, he said. The house observed silence for two minutes.

The Chief Minister and Assembly Speaker Kewal Krishan were to reach the spot later. Mukerian is also the Assembly constituency of the Speaker. Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has demanded a judicial probe into accident.

Mr Badal said the government should give maximum compensation to the families of those killed and free medical treatment to those injured. He said that the Railways should also arrange for free transportation of the bodies to the native places of the ill-fated passengers. PTI


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