Indore Patna Express derails LIVE: Death toll crosses 120; Suresh Prabhu promises strict action

Here are the top updates as the Indore Patna Express derailed today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2016 10:09 pm
Resque works is in full swing after Patna Endore exxpress derail at pukhrayan village near kanpur on sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 20.11.2016 Rescue works in full swing after Indore Patna Express deraile at Pukhrayan village near Kanpur on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Fourteen coaches of the Indore Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to latest reports, at least 121 people have lost their lives and 200 were injured  in the train accident. The train reportedly derailed around 3 am in the morning. Police, NDRF and medical teams rushed to the site of the accident to attend to the injured. Cranes and gas-cutters were used to rescue people from the mangled remains. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to reach the accident spot to monitor relief efforts.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations from the spot. “All hospitals in neighboring districts are activated. Private hospitals of Kanpur are put on alert to accommodate patients,” he said.

Railway officials were expecting the death toll to rise as the rescue operations are still underway.

Read | Patna-Indore express derails: Strict action will be taken against those responsible, says Suresh Prabhu

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has listed the coach numbers which were derailed. “14 coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake,GS,GS,A1,B1/2/3,BE,S1/2/3/4/5/6,” the Indian Railways said.

(With ANI inputs)

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    hitender
    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:35 am
    It is irrational to blame political parties for Railway accidents. Railway accidents have become routine incident in India regardless of ruling party at center or state. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We need to change the typical casual atude of Indian government employees and the Babus. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On other hand, election system shall also change. Only selective candidates having domain knowledge should be allowed to take key positions like Railway, Defense, Aviation ministry. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I don't recall any railway minister being 'Traction Engineer' or Mechanical Engineer. Why possibly a non-technical person is igned such position who does not even understand difference in fish-plate and spike.
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      Satendra kumar
      Nov 20, 2016 at 9:38 am
      The railways need reforms and effective upgrades maximising faults and human losses needs ways to curb accident it needs more accurate system it's structures .
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        Nov 20, 2016 at 10:29 am
        CONGIES busy looting with scams did nothing in regards to railways for the last 70 years,----now fingures getting pointed on NDA who only came to power just 2 years and sir MODIJI already signed a action plan with bullet trains,----cleaning up of CONGIES mess is not a overnight job which sir MODIJI and his team NDA is working on tiredlessly,---one must not forget.
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        Prit
        Nov 20, 2016 at 10:12 am
        Donkey Suresh should not go to accident site, it will affect whatever relief operation is in process bcoz officials n Bhakts will start licking his shoes instead of concentrating on relief work. Nothing done in last 30 months to improve existing infrastructure.......... party of 's I mean RSS's
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          malik
          Nov 20, 2016 at 6:19 am
          Marnay walay ko 1 lahk. Or jakhmi ko 50 50 hajar dia. Jay ga bat khatam pechaly 60 sal say stan or india main yahi suntay a rahay hain. .... i am very sad about this news all who died and injuerd in train accident
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          mumbai
          Nov 20, 2016 at 9:20 am
          All becuase of the 60 years rule.
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            mumbai
            Nov 20, 2016 at 9:17 am
            i review the message of modi of such incidents when he was CM of gujrat. he use to blame congis for anything. What grade he is i dont know.
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              anon
              Nov 20, 2016 at 11:10 am
              Prabhu or Sinha should resign. Is this because the railways earn loss from Penger traffic ? Recently i booked a ticket and was shocked to note that on the ticket itself there is line saying that the - "railways only earns 59% from penger segment". Well Modi, Prabhu and Sinha my answer is that first cut out the freebies to MP's,MLA's etc. And then cut off the mive useless babudom who do nothing but eat money.
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