PATNA/MOTIHARI: Hundreds of passengers traveling by the special Raxaul-Narkatiaganj DEMU (05541) passenger train narrowly escaped on Sunday morning after a fire broke out at the rear train engine on the Raxaul-Narkatiaganj section of the Samastipur division of the East Central Railway (ECR).
The incident caused panic among passengers who started jumping from coaches to save their lives. However, no passengers were harmed or injured in the incident.
According to ECR Public Relations Officer Birendra Kumar (CPRO), the train left Raxaul at 5.10am.
No sooner had he reached near the signal for Bhelva’s house at around 5:25 a.m. than the station master at Bhelva noticed the fire in the rear locomotive and alerted both the locomotive drivers and the train guard at this subject.
The train was immediately stopped as a precaution near the house signal, he said.
On receiving the information, the fire brigade team rushed to the scene from Raxaul around 5:55 a.m. and brought the fire under control around 7:20 a.m. Previously, the trailing locomotive had been separated from the other cars around 6:35 a.m., CPRO said, adding that the train was operating with an eight-car load composition.
According to CPRO, the train then resumed its journey to Narkatiaganj around 7:30 a.m. with passengers on board the train.
Meanwhile, the Samastipur Division has ordered a departmental investigation into the cause of the locomotive fire, sources said, adding prima facie that it was a case of technical faults.
It should be recalled that 10 locomotives and 60 cars were burned recently during the massive statewide protests against the Center’s Agnipath program for short-term recruitment into the armed forces.