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Five passengers of Guwahati Express were killed and one injured in Andhra Pradesh as they were run over by a speeding train near Bathuva of Srikakulam district on April 11 night.

The accident occurred when the Guwahati Express train stopped near the Batuva railway gate following a technical glitch. Some passengers in the general compartment got down to get some relief from suffocation. They were relaxing on a parallel track when the speeding Konark Express ran over them.

At least two of the deceased were identified as residents of Assam based on the identity cards found on them. Efforts were on to identify the remaining deceased. They are also believed to be from other states.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on April 12 announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of five passengers who were killed in the mishap.

Chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was briefed by officials about the accident after district collector Srikesh B Lathkar sent a report. According to the collector, five passengers of the Guwahati Express were killed and one critically injured.

The chief minister said though the deceased belonged to other states, an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each should be paid to their families on humanitarian ground.

The injured person was brought to Srikakulam by the same train and was admitted to RIMS Hospital. The district collector visited the hospital to ensure that the injured get the best treatment.

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