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Three bogies and engine of Palamu Express derailed when Maoists blew up tracks. [Representational Image]IANS

At least two persons were when killed when eight coaches of Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi district on Monday afternoon.

More than 100 passengers have reportedly been injured. They have been rushed to hospitals in Allahabad. 

"Eight coaches have derailed and one has capsized. The affected coaches are S3 to S6 coach, along with AC coaches B1, B2, A1 and one general coach," IBNLive quoted North Central Railways CPRO Vijay Kumar as saying.

Kumar said that the death toll is likely to rise after the rescue and relief operation begins. The rescue and medical teams have already been rushed to the spot.

The accident occurred between the Sirathu and Athsarai railway stations in the Allahabad-Kanpur sector of the rail zone, 173 km from Lucknow at around 2 pm, IANS reports.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for next of the kin of the deceased.