Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: At least nine people lost their lives while 45 others were injured after the Guwahati-Bikaner Express of the Northeast Frontier Railway zone derailed near Domohani in West Bengal's Mainaguri on Thursday evening, said officials. The mishap, according to the officials, took place at around 5 pm on Thursday under Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway

"Seven passengers have died so far. We recovered four bodies from the accident site while three people died in hospital," Jalpaiguri District Magistrate Moumita Godara Basu told news agency PTI, adding at least 45 passengers were injured in the accident.

"Since some of them are in a critical condition, the death toll may go up," she said, adding that those injured in the incident have been taken to the district hospitals in Mainaguri and Jalpaiguri.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General Atul Karwal said that the central agency has rushed two teams to rescue the passengers.

"Guwahati-Bikaner Express 15633 (up) derailed at about 5 pm this evening. 12 coaches have been affected. DRM and ADRM rushed to the site along with accident relief train and medical van," the Indian Railways said, adding that an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs for deceased, Rs 1 lakh for severely injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries has been announced

"High-level Railway Safety inquiry ordered in the Guwahati-Bikaner Express 15633 derailment; Railway Helpline numbers - 03612731622, 03612731623," it added.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she is monitoring the situation closely, adding that senior officers of the state government, district magistrate (DM), Superintendents of Police (SP) and Inspector General (IG) North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations.

"Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri," she said in a Tweet, "those injured will receive medical attention, as early as possible."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took stock of the situation and spoke to Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. "My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Vaishnaw has said that he will be visiting Domohani on Friday to take stock of the situation.

"In an unfortunate accident, 12 Coaches of Bikaner - Guwahati Exp. derailed near New Maynaguri (West Bengal) this evening," he said in a Tweet. "Personally monitoring the situation for swift rescue operations."

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma