Aditya Kumar Chaudhary, CPRO, South Eastern Railway said, “There are no dead bodies. We had got site clearance from NDRF twice. Later, after we got complaints over foul smell, a search was again conducted along with state government team.
After the tragedy, the rescue team and local people retrieved passengers’ bodies from the mangled coaches and kept them at the classrooms and open hall of the school.
The statement from Shinde came when he visited the school premises which was used as a temporary morgue to store the bodies of victims of the triple train crash involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train at Bahanaga Bazar Station in the district.
According to sources, the central probe agency is likely to examine the call records, WhatsApp calls and social media usage of the staff during its investigation.
As per the FIR, a lot of bodies did not have any injury marks on them, so death might have been caused by the snapped power cables on the railway tracks.
The CBI took over the investigation after reaching Balasore on Tuesday. The case was earlier registered at Balasore Government Railway Police Station (GRPS) in Cuttack.
A woman at Bahanaga allegedly claimed ex-gratia money at the Government Railway Police (GRP) station while impersonating as the widowed wife of one of the rail tragedy victims.
According to sources, one Ezekiel Das of Berhampur along with his wife Sumita Das and son George Jaccob Das had boarded Coromandel Express on the fateful day.
After reaching the accident spot, Railway Safety Commissioner Shailesh Kumar Pathak visited the station signal room, control room and interacted with the officials present there.
Meet Prasant Behera of Nilagiri in Balasore, who has made a bicycle his companion for the last 60 years. It is not that Behera cannot afford a motorbike or car, but he preferred a bicycle to luxury as it contributes to a better climate and keeps him fit.
Mazumdar was thrown out of the train and landed around 200 metres away from the tracks following the collision. The Soro police rescued him in critical condition, 48 hours after the incident, sources informed.
A coal-laden goods train from Vizag port started its journey towards Rourkela Steel plant at around 10.40 pm yesterday. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw remained present at the spot during the resumption of the services.
The statement from the PM came after he went to Balasore hospital and met the accident victims.
He was accompanied by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and was briefed on the situation by both Vaishnaw as well as officers of the disaster management team which worked overnight to rescue people at the disaster site where at least 261 people have died and 900 more injured.
The coaches of Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express capsized after crashing into the coaches of Coromandel Express that had scattered on the adjacent track.
Amid this tragedy that has sent shock waves across the globe, revisit the helpline numbers and the number of trains cancelled and diverted due to the accident.
While interacting with the media, Mamata said she got information that the death toll in the train crash might exceed 500.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took stock of the rescue operations at ground zero and held discussions with senior officials who are supervising the relief and rescue operations. Patnaik also met with the injured passengers undergoing treatment at Balasore district headquarters hospital.
The Union Railways Minister assured best treatment will be provided to those injured in the train mishap in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar or Kolkata.
Fourteen years later, again on a Friday night (June 2, 2023), the same express train derailed in Odisha killing over 200 people.