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Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derails near Rampur in UP; Suresh Prabhu announces Rs 50,000 aid for injured

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the passengers injured in the derailment of the Rajya Rani Express in Uttar Pradesh and also ordered an enquiry into the accident.

File photo of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. AFP

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. AFP

Eight coaches of Lucknow-bound Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed at 8.15 am near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh leaving at least two passengers injured.

However, there was no casualty in the accident, Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said.

Railways sources said two of the eight affected coaches have capsized. A few helplines have been opened by the railways to facilitate relatives of the passengers. At least 25 trains were affected due to the accident at the Meerut-Bareilly section.

Top railways officials, including Moradabad DRM Pramod Kumar, have reached the spot and medical teams have been pressed into action, Sharma said.

"Personally monitoring the situation. Directed senior officers to rush to the spot. Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations," Prabhu tweeted.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an enquiry into the incident, saying "strict action will be taken against any lapse".

At least 149 passengers died and over 300 injured when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur on November 20 last year.

In January this year, 32 persons died and over 50 injured when Hirakhand Express derailed near Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and 13 passengers were injured in March when eight coaches of the Mahakaushal express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Apr 15, 2017 12:02 PM

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