Eight coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed today near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place at 8:15 am.
KK Choudhary, SP, said 12 people were injured – three of them seriously – but added that no casualties had been reported yet.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 ex-gratia for each of the injured.
The Railways, too, announced ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Medical teams are on the spot, and the DRM, Muradabad, is supervising operations, Neeraj Sharma, CPRO, Northern Railway, said
He added that there was an alternative track that could be used, and that railway traffic had been affected due to the crowd.
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that he was personally monitoring the situation, and that he’d directed senior officers to rush to the spot. He added later that an enquiry had been ordered, and promised strict action in the case of “any lapse.”