Utkal Express derailment: Suresh Prabhu asks officials to fix responsibility by end of day

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed chairman of the Railway Board on Sunday to fix responsibility based on "prima facie evidence by the end of day" into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.

 Utkal Express derailment: Suresh Prabhu asks officials to fix responsibility by end of day

File image of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. AFP

The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.

24 people died and 156 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh Saturday evening.

"Restoration is top priority. Seven coaches tackled. Also ensuring best possible medical care for the injured. monitoring situation closely," he said in a tweet. "Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day," he tweeted.

The minister, who has been keeping a close tab on the situation since Saturday, directed senior officials and medical personnel to provide assistance to injured passengers and all possible help to relatives of affected passengers.

Prabhu had ordered an inquiry into the derailment on Saturday. He said he was personally monitoring the situation and strict action will be taken in case of any lapse.

The minister also announced Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.

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Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 12:07:10 IST