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Irate locals set train on fire after eight persons died in an accident in eastern India.
Fumed over the tragic incident in India’s eastern Bihar state, where a train rammed into a college bus, killed eight students, locals ablaze all bogies of Howrah-Kathgodam Bagh Express.
SIWAN, BIHAR, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 26, 2012) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC)
1. A COACH OF A TRAIN ON FIRE
2. POLICEMEN STANDING
3. LOCALS STANDING
4. SMOKE EMANATING FROM A COACH
5. LOCALS RUNNING
6. BURNING TRAIN
7. SMOKE COMING OUT FROM THE WINDOWS OF A TRAIN
8. TRAIN ON FIRE
9. MEN STANDING ON THE GROUND
10. POLICEMEN STANDING
STORY: Enraged mob set ablaze all coaches of the Howrah-Kathgodam Bagh Express that had earlier in the day ploughed into a bus killing eight persons instantly in Siwan district of India’s eastern Bihar state.
Despite heavy presence of police and other administrative officials, irate locals set the train to fire later in the evening of Wednesday (September 26) in a bid to express outrage over the incident.
Helpless police officials were seen watching the train go up in flames from a safe distance as the mob and bereaved families of victims went on the rampage.
According to local media the bus had students from a local Marvel College onboard when it got mowed down by the train at an unmanned crossing near Chap Dhala area of the district killing eight and injuring over a dozen passengers.
Reportedly, the accident occurred due to the lapse on the part of railway authorities.
The impact of the collision was such that the engine of the train got derailed after it sliced through the bus reducing the vehicle into a metallic mesh.
The Indian Railways is a vital national transportation grid for the country’s 1.2 billion people, cramming 18 million people a day on to ageing trains.
But decades of low investment, a patchy safety record and frequent delays mean India has fallen far behind China in building a network fit for Asia’s third-largest economy.
Recently, an inter-state train of Indian Railways rammed a car at an unmanned crossing level near Aroor town in southern state of Kerala killing all five persons travelling in the car.
Despite India’s former railways minister Mukul Roy asked the officials concerned to chart out a time-bound action plan to eliminate unmanned level crossings and personally monitor road safety works to get it completed on priority, such accidents are very common in India.