23 persons burnt alive in Nanded train accident
December 28, 2013 - Puttaparthi (Andhra Pradesh)
In a ghostly Nanded-Bangalore express train accident that occurred in the wee hours of Saturday near Puttaparthi in Anantapur district, 23 persons were burnt alive leaving 15 severely injured according to preliminary reports. The number may likely to go up.
Fire broke out in the B-1 AC coach of the train leaving it to completely burn while another bogie was partially destroyed. There are 57 passengers in the ill-fated bogie said sources. Sources said that the number of deaths is likely to increase. The train left Bangalore at 10.30pm on Friday night to Nanded. The fire that engulfed in the bogie at around 3.10 am when the passengers were in deep sleep. Authorities have detached the bogie in Puttaparthi station. It is said that there are 72 passengers were in the bogie at the time of accident and the injured were rushed to the hospitals for immediate medical care. Two fire extinguishers were rushed from Dharmavaram to bring the fire under control.
Railways announce ex-gratia
Indian Railways have announced an ex-gratia of RS.5 lakh to the kin of those died in the train accident. They also announced Rs.1 lakh those severally injured and Rs.50,000 with minor injuries.
One can contact the following numbers for information of passengers in the accident.
Secunderabad: 040-27700868, 9701371060
Vikarabad: 08416-252215, 9701371081
Dharmavaram : 08559 224422
Guntakal : 0855 2220305, 09701374965
Beedhar : 08482-226404, 7760998400
Bangalore : 080-22354108, 22259271, : 080-22156554, 22156553
Satyasai Prasanti Nilayam : 08555 280125