Two people were killed as a train ran over them near Kalajharia Halt under the Asansol Railway division between the Asansol-Madhupur railway track route last evening in Jamtara district of Jharkhand. The Eastern Railways has formed a three-member team to probe the incident.

An eye witness stated that Passengers travelling on the Anga Express from Bhagalpur to Bengaluru got off the train as rumours of a fire on board spread panic. As they tried to run across the tracks to escape the alleged fire, another train running on the route ran them over.

However, the Eastern Railway in its press statement said that the victims were not passengers but were walking on the tracks when they were hit by a train. The railways have also ruled

out reports of any fire.

President Droupadi Murmu offered condolence to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. in the social media post. She said the death of many people in a train accident in the Jamtara district of Jharkhand is extremely saddening.    

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the victims and in a social media statement said: "Pained by the mishap in Jamtara, Jharkhand. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon."

Jharkhand  Chief Minister Champai Soren also  extended his condolences to the victims' families.

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