2002 Jaunpur train crash

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2002 Jaunpur train crash
India Uttar Pradesh locator map.svg
Location of Uttar Pradesh in India
Location Jaunpur,
Uttar Pradesh, India
Date 13 May 2002
Time Unknown (UTC+5.5)
Target Civilian passenger train
Attack type
Deliberate derailment of train
Deaths 12
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Student's Islamic Movement of India suspected

The Jaunpur train crash was the result of an act of sabotage which caused the derailment of a passenger train at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, a state in Northern India on 13 May 2002.


The Shramjeevi Express was travelling from New Delhi to Patna at a time of high tension between Muslim and Hindu groups in the area who have a history of mutual violence and antagonism. The train derailed suddenly after hitting a broken rail, throwing the carriages in the air and dragging thirteen of them off the rails, some into each other.

Fortunately, there was no fire, and local people and emergency services were able to rescue everyone from the wreckage promptly and effectively, with the 80 injured receiving medical care at local hospitals. Twelve passengers were reported to have been killed as a result of the crash, all in one carriage which rolled over.

Following the incident, reports from local police surfaced indicating that the train had derailed because somebody had removed restraining fishplates from the rails, thus causing them to shift out of alignment as successive trains passed over them. These plates had not been stolen, but had been deliberately removed and left in the vicinity, indicating a terrorist attack. This opinion was confirmed by subsequent investigations into the accident.

Trains in the Jaunpur area are frequently targeted by terrorists, such as the 2005 Jaunpur train bombing, and one of the most effective ways to derail a train surrepticiously is through the removal of fishplates before the train passes by, as in the Rafiganj rail disaster. Railway officials suggested that the sabotage was conducted by the Student's Islamic Movement of India, but several other Islamic extremist organisations have been known to operate in the state as well (see Terrorism in India).

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External links[edit]

  • [1] BBC News Report
  • [2] 'The Hindu' News Report
  • rediff.com News Report
  • [3] Accident report specifying sabotage as primary cause

Coordinates: 25°45′17″N 82°41′33″E / 25.754585°N 82.692581°E / 25.754585; 82.692581