Muri Express derails in UP; inquiry ordered
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday ordered an inquiry into the cause of the derailment of the Muri Express in Uttar Pradesh and announced <g data-gr-id="31">ex-gratia</g> for the victims.
The Tata-Jammu Express, known as Muri Express, <g data-gr-id="35">enroute</g> to Jammu Tawi, derailed between <g data-gr-id="36">Sirathu</g> and <g data-gr-id="37">Atsarai</g> railway stations near Kaushambi district in Uttar Pradesh and one of them overturned, killing one woman and injuring six persons, Railway officials said.
The Commissioner, Railway Safety, will conduct the inquiry to ascertain the cause of <g data-gr-id="21">derailment</g>.
Prabhu expressed grief over the loss of life and injury caused to passengers in the accident, the spokesperson said.
While Rs 2 lakh will be given to the kin of the passenger who died, Rs 50,000 will be given for serious injury and Rs 20,000 for <g data-gr-id="30">minor</g> injury.
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal and Member (Engineering), V K Gupta have rushed to the spot to monitor the situation, he said.
The derailment has <g data-gr-id="33">severly</g> affected rail traffic with 170 passenger and freight trains along the <g data-gr-id="34">Allhabad</g>-Kanpur route being delayed on Monday.
Railways <g data-gr-id="27">has</g> set up helpline service to provide information about the victims and train operations along the affected route.
Prabhu has also given instructions for providing best possible medical treatment to the injured <g data-gr-id="22">paasengers</g>.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced an <g data-gr-id="32">ex-gratia</g> of Rs one lakh for the deceased and directed Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to make available all necessary help to the victims.