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12 persons die after train runs over passengers in Jharkhand’s Jamtara after they allegedly jumped from a halted train over rumours of fire

The victims were passengers of the Bangalore-Yesvanpur Express running on the down line, and they were hit by Jhajha-Asansol MEMU train running on the adjacent track.

In a tragic incident, at least 12 persons died and several others injured after they were run over by a train in Jamtara in Jharkhand. Passengers of a train were hit by a running train after their train stopped near Kalajharia and they got down from the train.

The victims were passengers of the Bangalore-Yesvanpur Express running on the down line, and they were hit by a local train running on the adjacent track. The train was halted near the Kalajharia railway crossing of the Kalajharia station after rumours of fire on the train. As soon as the train stopped, some passengers jumped from the train and were standing on the adjacent track.

Unfortunately, the Jhajha-Asansol MEMU train passed through that place at the moment, running over the people on the track.

However, as per Jamtara MLA Irfan Ansari, there was no fire on the train, but the train was stopped on the suspicion of fire. As per the MLA, due to ballast dumped on the side of the track, a huge volume of dust was flying in the air. The driver of the Bangalore-Yesvanpur Express suspected that the train was on fire, mistaking the dust for smoke. Therefore, he stopped the train to inspect the matter. But the rumour of fire spread on the train, and some people jumped out.

Talking about the incident, Jamtara Deputy Commissioner said, ‘A train ran over the passengers at Kalajharia railway station in Jamtara. Some deaths have been reported. The exact number of deaths will be confirmed later. Medical teams and ambulances rushed to the spot’.

Railway administration, railway police and local administration have reached the spot and started rescue operations. The injured are being taken to the hospital.

Jamtara SDM Anant Kumar said, “Near the Kalajharia railway crossing, the train stopped and some passengers got off and were run over by another local train. Information was received that some people have died. RPF and the district police are conducting a search operation and two bodies have been recovered so far… The reason for the incident is yet to be determined…”

The deceased persons are being identified. Two of them have been identified so far, Manish Kumar from Bihar’s Katihar and Sikandar Kumar from Bihar’s Jamui. Kaushik Mitra, CPRO of the Eastern Railway, said that a 3-member JAG committee has been formed to enquire about the incident.

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