NALBARI (ASSAM): An IED blast completely damaged a stretch of the railway track and led to derailment of seven bogies of the Guwahati-Puri Express, injuring over 100 passengers in Assam’s rural Kamrup district, a senior Railway official said.
The blast, caused by an improvised explosive device, completely damaged 200 metres of track and fuse wire and detonators were also found, North East Frontier Railway’s Rangiya divisional railway manager, Mr A K Manocha told PTI.
Mr Manocha said seven bogies of the train carrying 700 passengers derailed with two coaches falling into a pond.
Earlier, it was stated that eight coaches had derailed.
The DRM said that 40 passengers were seriously injured and admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital.
The Railways would make ex gratia payment to those with both major and minor injuries though the amount was yet to be decided, he said.
A senior police officer earlier said that the blast appeared to be the handiwork of the Ranjan Daimary-led National Democratic Front of Bodoland’s anti-talk faction, which is active in the area.
Mr Manocha said that 300 workers have been working since Sunday night to restore rail service. After repair of the tracks, a recovery van from Bongaigaon would lift the derailed bogies from the tracks.
The total loss incurred by the blast was estimated to be between ` 75 lakh to ` 80 lakh,