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Modi condoles loss of lives in derailment, announces ex-gratia

Sunday, Nov 20, 2016,11:08 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed grief over the loss of lives in the derailment of the Patna-Indore Express and announced compensation for the next of kin of those killed and injured in the mishap.

“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.
The Prime Minister said that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation.

“Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident.

I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the mishap from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
This is over and above any assistance announced by the railways.

96 passengers were killed and 226 injured, 76 of them seriously, when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhraya in Kanpur dehat district in the wee hours today.