| GEO World|
| India train derail kills 65|
| Updated at: 1211 PST, Friday, May 28, 2010|
NEW DELHI: At least 65 people were killed when an express train packed with sleeping passengers was derailed early Friday by suspected Maoist rebels in eastern India, a senior police official told foreign news agency.
The bodies of the passengers were removed from the mangled remains of the ill-fated coaches of the Howrah-Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express and the injured taken out with the help of gas cutters, a south eastern railway spokesman said.
"65 bodies have been recovered. The toll could go up," West Bengal home secretary Samar Ghosh said.
The incident occurred at 1:30 am when the train was running between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations, about 135 km from Jhargram, south eastern railway officials said.
In Kolkata, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surojit Karpurokayastha said that according to preliminary investigation, fish plates were found removed at the derailment site.
Five of the 13 derailed coaches fell on an adjacent track and were hit by a goods train coming from the opposite direction, reports said.