In a tragic incident, at least twenty people, mostly kanwarias, were killed when they came under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Dhamara Ghat in Bihar on Monday.
According to initial reports, those killed in the incident were waiting on the track when they were hit by (12567) Rajya Rani Express, which runs from Saharsha to Patna.
The mishap occurred at Dhamara Ghat, 10 kms before the train’s next halt at Mansi junction. Dhamara Ghat comes under Samastipur division of East Central Railway.
Dhamara Ghat, near Indo-Nepal border, is famous for Goddess Katyani Temple, which is visited by a large number of devotees every year. There was a large rush of pilgrims today – last Monday of the auspicious Sawan month.
The victims were possibly unaware that Rajya Rani Express had no stoppage at Dhamara Ghat and had gathered on the tracks.
The incident infuriated the locals, who gheroed the nearby railway station and beat the railway staff there.
Local passengers pelted stones at Rajya Rani Express, which stopped after travelling some distance following the accident. The express train has also been set on fire by the angry mob, some reports said.
Angry local residents have also vandalised the railway station and damaged government property.
Top railway and city administration officials have reached the mishap site to take stock of the situation.
Train services have been suspended on the route following the incident, railway officials said.
A preliminary inquiry into the incident has also begun.