New Delhi/Lucknow: At least 23 people are feared dead and over 40 injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagr in Uttar Pradesh. This information was shared by the UP Police. Compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh has been announced for the families of the dead by the Railway Ministry, while UP CM has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased, and Rs 50000 for the injured.
According to railway officials, the incident occurred around 5.46 p.m. in Khatauli, in Muzaffarnagar district. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and a probe has been ordered. "I am personally monitoring situation. Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations," Prabhu said in series of tweets. "Have ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he said. The Minister said that medical vans have been rushed to the site. All efforts are being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations, he said. "I have instructed Chairman Railway Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations," he said, adding that he has also instructed the General Manager, other senior officials to ensure all possible help to the people. The Minister said that he was in close touch with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations IANS/News24Bureau