UP Governor Joshi meets passengers injured in Kalka Mail tragedy
Fatehpur, July 11 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa met here today the passengers injured due to derailment of the Delhi-bound Kalka Mail.
Joshi, who met the injured passengers, said their treatment was the topmost priority at the moment.
"Our top priority at the moment is to provide treatment to the injured passengers and we offer condolences to the families of the deceased. But right now it is very important to save the lives of these people," he said.
Joshi visited the accident site before coming to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Muniyappa, who accompanied Joshi, said the cause of the accident still has to be found and would take time.
He said an inquiry commission has been constituted to investigate the matter.
"Reasons have to be identified by the Inquiry Commission, which has been appointed. It will take little time. They have started today, and you will have to wait some time," said Muniyappa.
The death toll of the Delhi-bound Kalka Mail derailment on Sunday went up to 63 with 15 more bodies being recovered from the mangled compartments of the ill-fated train.
"63 bodies, including that of a Swedish national, have been recovered so far. About 250 are undergoing treatment at a hospital here," said Superintendent of Police Fatehpur, Ram Bharose.
Out of the 63 bodies, 21 have been identified, Bharose said.eanwhile, an inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety has been ordered into the derailment.
The Railways has already announced a compensation of five lakh rupees for the family of the dead while one lakh rupees will be given to the seriously injured and 25000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has also announced one lakh rupees for the dependents of the dead and 50,000 rupees for the seriously injured, besides 25,000 rupees for those with minor injuries.
The derailment took place at 12.20 p.m. yesterday when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwa station, about 120 kms from Lucknow. The train was moving at a speed of 108 kms/hour.
Helpline services have also been launched at Delhi (23962389, 23967332), Allahabad (05322407352, 05322408128) Fathepur (05180222025, 05180222026) Kanpur (05122323015, 05122323016) and Khurja (05738253084) for giving details of the relief and rescue operations. (ANI)
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