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Train death toll 148

 JHARGRAM (WB), May 30 – The toll in the Mumbai- bound Gnaneswari Express derailment rose to over 148 today as more bodies were pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches, reports PTI.

 “All bodies from the spot have been recovered. Train services along the route resumed at 2.50 am Early this morning,” South Eastern Railway’s Kharagpur Divisional Railway Manager Anil Handa said.

District Magistrate N S Nigam and hospital sources have put the toll at 148.

All trains plying in the Sardiha and Khemasuli route in Jhargram in West Midnapore district, about 135 km from Kolkata, will now have a speed limit of 15 km per hour at night, Handa said.

Around 145 passengers were being treated in various hospitals in Midnapore, Kharagpur and Kolkata, he said.

Train services on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of the South Eastern Railway (SER) resumed this morning after restoration of both up and down tracks.

Thirteen coaches of the Kurla-bound express from Howrah were derailed, of which five fell on opposite tracks and were smashed by a goods train in what is believed to be a case of sabotage engineered by Maoists.

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