Indore-Patna Express train accident: PM Modi, Akhilesh announce ex-gratia

More than 100 people were killed and around 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near the city of Kanpur before dawn on Sunday, officials said.

FP Staff November 20, 2016 17:46:21 IST
More than 100 people were killed and around 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near the city of Kanpur before dawn on Sunday, officials said. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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More than 100 people were killed and around 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near the city of Kanpur before dawn on Sunday, officials said. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
The horrific disaster took place when the Patna-bound train's coaches ran off the rails just after 3 a.m. near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city, railway and police officials said. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/Firstpost
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The horrific disaster took place when the Patna-bound train's coaches ran off the rails just after 3 a.m. near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city, railway and police officials said. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/Firstpost
Uttar Pradesh Inspector General of Police Prabhakar Chowdhary told IANS that the number of dead had crossed the 100 mark and that the toll could rise further considerably. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Uttar Pradesh Inspector General of Police Prabhakar Chowdhary told IANS that the number of dead had crossed the 100 mark and that the toll could rise further considerably. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
The passengers were asleep when the disaster struck, taking everyone unawares. The first to derail were the S1 and S2 coaches, which suffered the maximum damage. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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The passengers were asleep when the disaster struck, taking everyone unawares. The first to derail were the S1 and S2 coaches, which suffered the maximum damage. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Most of the dead were crushed to death, an official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told IANS. Some of the injured were in critical condition. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Most of the dead were crushed to death, an official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told IANS. Some of the injured were in critical condition. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
A passenger who survived told journalists that the train stopped a couple of moments after 3 a.m. for unexplained reasons. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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A passenger who survived told journalists that the train stopped a couple of moments after 3 a.m. for unexplained reasons. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
It was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express that killed some 170 people. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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It was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express that killed some 170 people. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Survivors said the first to reach the semi-rural site were villagers. The government's rescue and relief teams came after day broke. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Survivors said the first to reach the semi-rural site were villagers. The government's rescue and relief teams came after day broke. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of VIPs mourned the deaths. Modi announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of VIPs mourned the deaths. Modi announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, where the train originated, also announced financial compensation to the dead and the injured. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, where the train originated, also announced financial compensation to the dead and the injured. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Soldiers and NDRF teams frantically cut through the mangled coaches to pull out bodies and the injured. Thousands of people crowded the site and tried to offer help. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Soldiers and NDRF teams frantically cut through the mangled coaches to pull out bodies and the injured. Thousands of people crowded the site and tried to offer help. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Some passengers complained that there had been unexplained noises in the S1 coach but the train staff did not pay heed. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Some passengers complained that there had been unexplained noises in the S1 coach but the train staff did not pay heed. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
Prabhu ordered an inquiry, said necessary assistance was provided to the victims and vowed to take "strictest possible action" against the guilty. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost
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Prabhu ordered an inquiry, said necessary assistance was provided to the victims and vowed to take "strictest possible action" against the guilty. Photo: Naveen Lal Suri/ Firstpost