At least six passengers were killed and 19 others were wounded as the Delhi-bound Mandore Express derailed with some portion of the track piercing its AC Compartment in Bassi town near Jaipur in the wee hours on Saturday.
Reports said quoting North West Railway sources as saying that after the train left Jaipur, its eleven coaches derailed at 1:30 am near Banshkov Railway station, situated some 40 kms from the Pink City.
Reports said that a portion of the tracks, following the derailment, pierced the AC compartment and probably hit the passengers.
Iron rods are being removed using welders. Of the six casualties, three have been identified as Sonal Singh (18) of New Delhi, S Kumar of Jodhpur and Ujjawal Vadhwa (27) of Jaipur.
Of the 19 wounded, one was a New Zealand national Ana Elizabeth. All of them have been admitted to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an exgratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of those killed. An exgratia of Rs one l lakh would be given to the seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to passengers who have received minor injuries, a North West Railway Spokesman said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also announced a compensation of Rs two lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs one lakh to those seriously injured.
A sum of Rs 50,000 will be given to those who have received minor injuries. West zone railway protection commissioner Prashant Kumar and GM NWR R M Verma have left for the accident site.
Twelve trains have been diverted including the New Delhi Ajmer Shatabdi. The stranded passengers have been sent to Jaipur.
State-owned buses have been pressed into service to take the passengers to their destination.