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Somit Sen| TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2017, 

A view of a derailed suburban train on the Harbour line near Mahim station in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

MUMBAI: Railways has instituted a high-level inquiry under commissioner of railway safety into the Mahim train derailment case on Friday. Six persons were injured after anAndheri-CSMT+ suburban train on Harbour line derailed near Mahim station around 9.55am. Of those injured, five were discharged after treatment while one is still admitted to hospital with a leg fracture.

Officials said that commuters who were injured were those who had jumped off the train after the derailment.

Scores of other passengers were inconvenienced as services were hit between Wadala and Andheri on the Harbour line. After two major derailments of long distance trains across the country in the past one week, this was the third derailment incident.

"The railways will bear the expenses of hospital treatment of injured. Besides we have announced ex gratia of Rs 25,000 to the seriously injured and Rs 5,000 each to each of other five injured persons. Senior railway officers inspected the site and an inquiry has been instituted," said a senior Western Railway official, adding that those who were injured were commuters who had jumped in panic. Sources said one cannot rule out the possibility of passengers being thrown off train due to the derailment.

"They suffered injuries on knee and ankles," an official said.

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Western Railway public relations department released the list of injured, which included Yasmin Salim, 18 years, Siddhi R Pale, 20 years, Geeta, 30 years, B Kanojia, 38 years, Pooja, 19 years and Tarana, 55 years, with injuries mainly in the legs.

"The restoration work was being carried out on a war footing and the train was derailed within five hours," an official said. "Since it is a public holiday, there was no peak hour office rush. But a detailed probe will be carried out to ascertain the cause of derailment. Also, there will be inspection of tracks to find out whether poor maintenance was the cause of derailment," an official, who did not wish to be named, said.


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