<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday called on the Railway authorities to undertake a thorough probe into the reasons that caused the enormous tragedy of the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express in Kanpur, in which 95 people have lost their lives so far and over 100 people are injured.Expressing deep distress over the tragic deaths of rail passengers, Sonia said that words can’t describe the pain and anguish of those who lost their near and dear ones and the entire country stands in solidarity to share this unbearable sorrow.”Mrs. Gandhi hoped that rescue and relief operations are being effectively undertaken to save as many lives as possible and those injured are being given effective treatment. Smt Gandhi expressed hope that railway authorities will undertake a thorough probe into the reasons that caused this enormous tragedy, fix responsibility and take suitable corrective action,” the Congress said in a statement. Gandhi further instructed the Congress unit to assist in the relief and rescue along with the authorities and provide all assistance to those injured as also to next of kin.
ALSO READ Patna-Indore express derailment: Centre announces Rs. 3.5 lakh ex-gratia for kin of deceasedMeanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those killed in the train tragedy that took place near Kanpur on Sunday. The Prime Minister also announced Rs. 50,000 as compensation to the survivors of the incident. This compensation is over and above any assistance that would be announced by the railways.The announcement came after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh, earlier, announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh to deceased families, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured people and Rs 25,000 for people having minor injuries. Similarly Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the critically injured.
ALSO READ Patna-Indore Express disaster: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announces ex-gratiaMeanwhile, the casualty rose to 95 even as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is conducting rescue operation at the spot. A help desk has been set up at the Patna Railway Station to assist family members of those on board Indore-Patna Express.Taking stock of the situation, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be rushing to the spot to monitor the situation. “I shall be rushing to the accident site to personally monitor the situation,” tweeted Prabhu.At least 153 people have been injured so far after the train derailed early morning at the Hanshi-Kanpur intersection in Uttar Pradesh at 3:20 am. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has ordered for a high-level probe into the incident. Almost 14 coaches of the train derailed in the wee hours on resulting in severe loss of lives.
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