New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Sunday announced Rs two lakh as ex-gratia assistance to next of
kin of each of those killed in the train accident near Bharia-
Bishanpur village in Madhubani district of Bihar.
Prime Minister has expressed sorrow at the loss of lives
in the accident that took place after a jeep was hit by Garib
Rath Express at an unmanned railway crossing, an official
Singh announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next
of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to grievously
The Railway portfolio is being held at the Cabinet level
by the Prime Minister after Mamata Banerjee quit on becoming
West Bengal Chief Minister.
At least 20 persons, including 19 women, were killed and
four others injured in the mishap, the police said.
The victims were on their way to participate in the
victory procession of their relative Veena Devi, wife of
Anirudh Yadav, who was elected as mukhiya.