2002 Jaunpur train crash

The Jaunpur train crash was a rail accident that occurred on 13 May 2002 in Uttar Pradesh, India. Subsequent investigation indicated that the cause was removal of plates that bind stretches of rail.

2002 Jaunpur train crash
Location of Uttar Pradesh in India
Uttar Pradesh, India
Date13 May 2002
Time Unknown (UTC+5.5)
TargetCivilian passenger train
Attack type
Deliberate derailment of train
PerpetratorsStudent's Islamic Movement of India suspected

Overview edit

The Shramjeevi Express was travelling from New Delhi to Patna when it hit a broken rail near Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh shortly before 4:00 am on 12 May 2002.[1][2] Carriages were thrown into the air and dragged off the rails, some into each other.[3]

There was no fire, and local people and emergency services rescued travellers from the wreckage. 80 passengers were injured and received medical care at local hospitals. Twelve passengers in a carriage that rolled over were killed.

Local police established that fishplates were missing from the rails, thus causing the rails to shift out of alignment as successive trains passed over them.[4] The plates were found in the vicinity, suggesting deliberate removal.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "12 killed in UP rail accident". The Tribune. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Indian train crash kills eight". CNN. 12 May 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Patna-bound train derails, 12 killed". The Hindu. 13 May 2002.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Sabotage blamed for India train crash". BBC News. 13 May 2002.
  5. ^ "Sabotage led to Shramjeevi Express mishap: Probe". www.rediff.com.

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