Train derailment: Minister calls for compensation

Train derailment: Minister calls for compensation

“I urged the Railway Board to give compensation of Rs.5 lakh and Rs.1 lakh respectively to families of persons who were killed and injured in the derailment,” Roy said here.

At least 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured when 14 coaches of the Howrah-Kalka Express went off the rails in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh Sunday noon.

The train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, was bound for Kalka and was travelling at 108 km an hour when it went off the rails at Malwa station in Fatehpur, about 150 km from Lucknow.

“I contacted the chairman of Railway Board and higher officials just after receiving the news of the incident. They have been asked to ensure that special relief trains reach the place of the incident,” he said.

He said helplines were already operating in Howrah and other stations to provide the necessary information.

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