Train hits passengers
An express train on Saturday rammed into a group of passengers after they leaped from another train following fears of a blaze, killing at least eight, reports said. Scores of people were also reportedly injured in the accident at Gotlam station in Andhra Pradesh. The people were crossing railway tracks after getting off a train in panic following rumors that a fire was racing through the carriages. “The passengers of the Alleppey-Dhanbad Express train pulled the [emergency] chain and got down. The Raigarh-Vijaywada train running on the other line ran over them,” railway spokesman J.P. Mishra told a television channel. Most local media reports put the number of dead at eight. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said the injured would receive the best medical treatment, while offering his condolences.
Blaze kills trapped workers
A large fire erupted at a factory in New Delhi, killing six workers, some of whom were trapped inside and burnt beyond recognition, a fire official and reports said yesterday. The blaze broke out at the three-story factory, which manufactured leather bags, in a New Delhi neighborhood on Saturday evening, a city fire department official said. “We rushed around 20 people to the hospital after evacuating them. Six of them died and seven were discharged after first aid. Seven persons are still undergoing treatment at the hospital,” said the official, who did not give his name. Local media reports quoted witnesses as saying they saw flames leaping from the factory’s windows as workers trapped inside shouted for help. Some of the windows were blocked with iron mesh, forcing firefighters to cut their way into the building to rescue the workers, the Times of India said. Police have taken the factory owner into custody for questioning, while an investigation was under way into the cause of the blaze, the newspaper said.
Vigil ends with stampede
Seventeen people were killed and dozens of others injured on Saturday in a stampede following the end of an overnight church vigil, a government spokesman said. “We have visited the hospital in Nkpor and found 17 corpses that were brought in from the scene of the disaster,” spokesman Mike Udah said. Local media reports said the death toll could be higher, claiming that up to 28 people had been killed in the stampede at St Dominic’s Catholic Church. There was no immediate known cause for the stampede, which happened in the grounds of the church as followers celebrated an overnight vigil to mark All Saints’ Day. The tragedy happened at 6am. Hours earlier the event had been attended by the local Anambra State governor, Peter Obi. He later returned to the scene of the tragedy and visited the injured in hospital, promising to set up an inquiry.
Families trade killings
Security officials say a fight between two families sparked by a dispute in a line to buy bread has killed nine people. The officials said on Saturday the feud began a month earlier in a town in the southern Assiut Governorate when a member of the Shaibaa tribe was killed in a fight over who was first in line to buy bread. Four members of the rival family were charged over the killing. After a court hearing on Saturday, officials say members of the Shaibaa pursued the defendants’ relatives, killing two and their driver. The officials say the bereaved relatives then went to the house of the Shaibaa and killed six.