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Four coaches of Rajdhani catch fire, passengers safe

Ratlam (MP):A fire broke out in four coaches of the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express between Alot and Thuriya stations in the district in the wee hours today, completely destroying two bogies.

All the 1,100 passengers on board the train are safe, officials said. The fire broke out at a spot between the two stations, about 75 kms here, at around 2.20 AM in Kota division of West Central Railways, Ravi Mohan Sharma, Ratlam Divisional Commercial Manager, said.
The four affected coaches were detached at Thuriya.

Preliminary investigation suggests that short-circuit caused the fire in B-6 and B-7 coaches and the pantry car, he said Sharma told PTI that B-6 and B-7 were fully damaged, while B-5 and the pantry car suffered minor damage.

Railway authorities have announced ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 each for the 144 passengers in B-6 and B-7 coaches. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot from Ujjain and Ratlam.

Sharma said that Commissioner, Railway Safety (Central Circle) had started a probe and the report would be submitted to the Railway Board in seven days. WCR Chief Public Relations Officer, Piyush Mathur said that after the affected coaches were detached, the train left for Delhi at around 8.20 this morning.

Rail traffic was disrupted in the Nagda-Kota line for some time due to the incident, he said. Helplines have been set up at Kota, Ratlam and Mumbai to provide information about the incident.

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