Four coaches and an engine of the Patna-Mokama passenger train caught fire on the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 1 am when railway staff spotted the fire in one of the coaches. The train reached Mokam railway station at 10:30 pm.
The train was stationed at Mokama railway yard, 90 Kilometers east of Patna when the incident occurred. The railways employees, local GRP and RPF rushed to the spot to contain the fire but unfortunately, the fire spread to other coaches being completely gutted.
According to sources, at the time of the incident, the train was supposed to be moved to the yard for cleaning.
The railways spokesperson said the fire did not hamper the daily train services in the sector. The Divisional Railway Manager is currently assessing the situation. He also said the fire has been brought under control and there had luckily been no casualties. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani told Press Trust of India that train accidents had decreased by 40-45%. With hope to reduce them even further, Mr. Lohani stated that the prime focus this year was to address safety, maintenance and cleanliness of trains and railway premises.
A 17 year old attacked several people on a train in Wuerzburg on Monday evening. He was later shot dead by the police.
The attack took place in the Treuchtlingen- Wuerzburg train in Germany and had to make an emergency stop at Heidingsfeld. The teen was chased by the police and later killed in an encounter.
The attacker has been identified as an Afghan refugee. A recent released video finds him as an “IS soldier”. ISIS named the teen as Muhammad Riyad. The police found ISIS resembling flag from the teen’s room in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria. He was also heard shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is great). ISIS’s online Amaq news agency released a statement claiming the attack. The Interior minister of Bavaria state Joachim Herrmann believes that the teen had become ‘self-radicalised’ Muslim. No reason for the attack has been specified.
Around 21 people were injured in the attack out of which five are battling for life. A Hong Kong family is also among the victims. A eyewitness told The Telegraph that the train that was carrying 25 passengers looked like a slaughter house with blood spilt everywhere on the floor.
This attack has added on to the tension over refugee intake in Germany. Last year 1.1 million refugees entered Germany which is now fearing more terrorist activities.