On Sunday, at least 90 passengers were killed and over 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district. Various leaders announced ex-gratia for the families of the victims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the train tragedy and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the UP train derailment.
"Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said in a tweet.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a probe into the train tragedy too and announced ex-gratia for the families of the victims.
Rs 3.5 lakh exgratia will be given for the families of those killed in the derailment and Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured, he said.
Prabhu said the Commissioner of Railway Safety will probe the reasons behind the derailment.
"All rescue and relief work is on to deal with the unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Inquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Prabhu said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced ex-gratia for the families of those killed in the mishap.
While Rs 5 lakh each will be given for families of those killed in derailment, Rs 50,000 will be given for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
Yadav instructed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations and deploy traffic police along the route of the mishap site to ensure green corridor for ambulances to reach hospitals quickly.
Four coaches of the train - S1, S2, S3, S4- were badly damaged in the mishap that took place at around 3 am near Pukhraya. Most of the passengers were jolted out of their sleep to find themselves among mangled remains of the bogies.
With inputs from PTI