Patna-Indore Express Train Derailment Kills 133; Govt Promises Strict Action Against Culprits

9:39 am 20 Nov, 2016


Around 133 people were killed and more than 150 others injured when Indore-Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district.

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The incident happened at 3 am. Sitting/luggage compartment, GS, A1, B1/2/3, BE, S1, S2 and S3, suffered the maximum damage. Visuals showed several severely mangled coaches piled up against each other.

Most of the shocked survivors said they got jolted out of their slumber by a violent thud.

Several trains on the Jhansi-Kanpur route have been diverted.

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Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals.

One Army column, team of doctors and paramedics have been deployed at the spot to help in rescue operations. The cause of the accident was not known immediately.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also visited the accident site with the Railway Board chairman and two senior members, and said tough action would be taken against those indicted in the commission’s report.

Meanwhile, Prabhu has announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the critically injured.

PM Modi also announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured. Madhya Pradesh chief minister also announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of deceased and Rs 50,000 for those critically injured.

The reservation chart shows that there were around 161 passengers bound for Patna in the sleeper coaches and 74 in AC.

Heavy machinery including gas cutters were being used to rescue trapped passengers.

Railway Ministry has said that it would take strict action against those found responsible for the derailment of Patna-Indore Express.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted:

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who was monitoring the situation closely. He tweeted:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the National Disaster Response Force has been also been sent in.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has instructed Principal Secretary Health to ensure there’s no shortage of medicines and blood for treatment of injured.

Railways has also released helpline numbers — Indore – 07411072, Ujjain – 07342560906, Ratlam – 074121072, Orai – 051621072, Jhansi – 05101072, Pokhraya – 05113270239.

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