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Indore-Patna Exp accident: PM Modi announces ex-gratia, Suresh Prabhu orders enquiry

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India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Updated:20 Nov 2016, 13:40:52]

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday ordered an enquiry into the derailment of Indore-Patna Express, in which over 90 people were killed warning of strictest action against those responsible.

"Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately. All necessary assistance provided to the affected, We are taking care," Prabhu tweeted.

"Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident. All possible mobilisation for relief initiated," the minister wrote in another tweet.

At least 90 people were killed and over 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur early on Sunday.

The accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. near Pukhraya station in Kanpur, senior police officer Daljeet Chowdhary said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief and announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured. 

"Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to (Railway Minister) Suresh Prabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely," Modi said in a tweet.

 

"PM has asked the Railway Minister (Suresh Prabhu) to closely monitor the situation and ensure speedy relief and assistance at the spot," the Prime Minister's Office said in another tweet.

“PM Narendra Modi has announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs from PMNRF for the next of kin of those killed in the rail accident in Uttar Pradesh. PM has also announced Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured. The assistance announced by PM is over and above any assistance announced by the Railways,” PMO India said in a series of tweets. 

Indore-Patna Express, PM Modi, Suresh Prabhu- India Tv
Over 90 people were killed in the accident Photo: PTI