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Rajdhani derailment: At least 4 killed, 23 injured

At least four passengers were killed and 23 injured when 12 coaches of the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed near Chapra in Bihar’s Saran district on Wednesday. There was a controversy Naxalites were behind this.

Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda after inspecting the accident spot said the sabotage angle and its denial would be considered.

Gowda announced ex gratia Rs 2 lakh for the family of each of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.

In total, 18 wagons of a goods train also derailed in a blast in East Champaran district suspected to have been triggered by the Naxalites, the police superintendent said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it was too early to blame the Naxalites.

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