While the railways claimed that around 1,200 people were on board, railway sources claimed that the number of passengers were much more that. Sources claimed that hundreds of passengers on the train were travelling either without ticket or with general ticket which the railways figures do not show.
Railway had installed some extra coaches in the train but they were not adequate according to the demand.
“There were long queues of people waiting to board the train in the general boogie, they were in much larger number than the coaches could accommodate,” a vendor at the station claimed.
Since this is the only train that connects Patna to Indore and a lot of people of Bihar and UP live in this part of the state, the train usually runs fully occupied.
Railway officials also agreed that the general bogies of the train were usually overcrowded. “A general boogie can generally accommodate 90 people, the crowd in general bogie of these trains are usually on the higher side,” a senior official of western railways said.
Overloading and addition of an extra coach could definitely be the real reason behind the derailment