At least 23 people have lost their lives and 50 sustained injuries when 13 bogies of the Utkal Express, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar route, derailed on Saturday evening in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this evening announced assistance to the kin of any Odia passenger killed or injured in Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailment.
As per official sources, Patnaik announced the ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the dead and Rs 50 thousand for injured passenger and getting treatment in any hospital.
Besides, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu too announced ex-gratia for the victims. Ex gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for those who lost their lives, Rs 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people with minor injuries in the unfortunate accident has being announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his perturbation over the incident.
The local administration officials have rushed to the spot, and the railway officials are fearing casualties. Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order, told that he was not in a position to comment on the reason behind the derailment.