Chronology of major train accidents in India since 1988

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More than 100 people have died in Indore-Patna Express after few coaches were derailed on the early hours of Sunday.

The accident has brought the safety standard of railways under serious scrutiny.

The railways minister, Suresh Prabhu, has been condemned both by his political rivals for focussing more on ‘social media gimmicks’ than carrying out meaningful work on revolutionising Indian railways.

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Here is the chronology of major train accidents in India since 1988;

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Nov 20, 2016: Over 100 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

May 28, 2010: At least 148 people were killed after the Gyaneshwari Express was derailed by Naxals in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.

September 9, 2002: 100 passengers were killed and 150 hurt after a bogie of Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express plunged into the Dhave river in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.

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August 2, 1999: At least 290 passengers were killed after two trains carrying a total of 2,500 people collided at Gaisal in West Bengal.

November 26, 1998: At least 212 people were killed as the Jammu Tawi-Sealdah Express collided with derailed coaches of the Frontier Mail near Khanna in Punjab.

September 14, 1997: 81 people were killed when five bogies of Ahmedabad-Howrah express fell into a river in Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh.

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August 20, 1995: 400 people were killed after the Puroshottam Express rammed into Kalindi Express near Firozabad railway station in Uttar Pradesh.

April 18,1988: At least 75 people were killed when the Karnataka Express derailed near Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh.

July 8, 1988: 107 were killed, when the Island Express plunged into Ashtamudi lake in Kerala.

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