Lucknow: At least 23 people were killed and more than 40 others injured when 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, officials said. Confirming the toll, the UP Police said that 23 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured. Thirty ambulances have reached the spot to help the injured, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the next of kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people with minor injuries. The minister has instructed the senior officers to reach the site and ensure speedy rescue and relief works. He also asked the chairman of the Railway Board to oversee the operations. “All efforts are being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations,” ANI quoted the railway minister as saying.