NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered his condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the horrific derailing of the Patna-Indore express in Kanpur today, in which over 100 people have been killed.
At least 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur early on Sunday morning.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said:
Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (law and order) Daljeet Singh Choudhary confirmed to ANI that the death toll has risen to 63.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that an enquiry has been ordered into the accident and that strict action will be taken against all those responsible.
Rail,Dist,state, NDRF teams are geared up to deal with the accident & offer all kind of help.We r doing our best, mto deal with sad accident— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
The Union Minister further said that ex-gratia will be announced for the unfortunate passengers who lost their lives and also to those who were injured.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh offered his condolences saying he was deeply pained by the loss of lives and that his thoughts are with the bereaved families.
Deeply pained by the loss of lives caused by the derailment of Patna- Indore Express near Kanpur. My thoughts are with the bereaved families— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 20, 2016
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.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 20, 2016
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to personally monitor the relief operations.
Meanwhile, Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena told ANI that several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up.
(This is a developing story. More details are awaited.)
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