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Narrow escape for 500 passengers

The train left Chapormukh station at 1.55 in the wee hours. As it crossed the Ajuri station, the passenger train had hardly 15 minutes to stop at Jagiroad.

But all of a sudden, at least ten coaches jumped off the rails and slipped in to the drain where 50 people have been injured.

Rasna Basumatary, who was one of the survivors of the ill-fated coaches told Assam Times that the passengers, mostly, were slipping when the accident took place.

“The coaches derailed with a huge sound and immediately after hearing it, the local residents in large number came to our rescue. It was at their initiatives only we were rushed to the Jagiroad hospital and later some of us to Guwahati,” said Alokesh Ghose who boarded at Dimapur at 10.55 midnight.

The Northeast Frontier Railway officials took it four hours to clear the tracks for the stranded trains.

A section of the officials is trying to call it an act of sabotage. But the truth would come out only after the probe.    

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