Extending his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed due to the derailment of Patna-Indore express near Kanpur, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that he was deeply pained by the tragedy, which left at least 63 dead.
The Union Home Minister further stated that he has directed the Director General of National Disaster Response Force to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan. “Deeply pained by the loss of lives caused by the derailment of Patna- Indore Express near Kanpur. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Singh tweeted.
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“I have spoken to DG NDRF and instructed him to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan. He is also leaving for Pukhrayan to oversee the rescue ops,” he added.
14 coaches of the passenger train reported to have derailed around 5 in the morning. Medical teams have been rushed to the site of the accident to attend to the injured.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said that strictest possible action will be taken against those who are found responsible for the tragedy. In a series of tweets, Prabhu said that senior officials were ordered to reach the spot and offer assistance. “Medical assistance of all kinds is offered. Rail mobile medical units rushed to site. All injured rushed to hospitals, immediate medical help,” the Railways Minister tweeted.
He also announced that ex-gratia will be given to the kin of those killed in the accident and to those who are injured.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also took cognizance and ordered the DGP to personally monitor relief operations.
IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed confirmed to news agency ANI that the death toll has risen to 63 following the tragedy.
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 while issuing helpline numbers for assistance.