Contradictory reports on derailment of Patna-Bhabua Express

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Four coaches of Patna-Bhabua Express reportedly derailed at Jhakhim station in Bihar’s Aurangabad district tonight but there was no report of any casualty, railway officials said.

The derailment occurred when the train was approaching Jhakhim station when wheels of four coaches jumped the track due to some technical problem, station manager Mohammad Anwar was quoted by PTI news agency.

However, East Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Arvind Kumar Rajak, however, said it was a mock drill to gauge preparedness.

Jhakhim falls on Mughalsarai-Gaya section under Mughalsarai division of the ECR.

The Railways’ official Twitter handle @RailMinIndia took to the microblogging site to deny the reports prompting the news outlet to issue clarifications.

It’s, however, unclear as to why the station manager Alam had confirmed the report of a derailment owing to technical problem.

The Indian Railways has come under intense scrutiny for its inability to prevent series of derailment causing the loss of hundreds of lives with two recent derailment taking place in and around Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.


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