UP bus-train collision: 38 killed, 32 injured

Last Updated: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 00:36

Kanshiram Nagar (UP): At least 38 people
were killed and 32 others injured when a train rammed into a
bus carrying a marriage party at an unmanned crossing near
here in the wee hours on Thursday.



The accident occurred at 2.20 am when the train going
from Mathura to Chapra in Bihar rammed into the bus carrying a
marriage party from Adupura village at the crossing in
Dariyawganj area in this district.
More than 100 people were travelling on the ill-fated
bus, official sources said.



Senior Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya said
38 people died in the mishap and announced an ex-gratia of Rs
one lakh each to the kin of dead, Rs 50,000 to the grievously
injured and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.



Maurya, who reached the spot on the directives of
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, alleged the accident
took place due to shortcomings of the Railways.



"The state government will write to the Railways,
requesting it to deploy personnel at all unmanned railway
crossings," he told reporters.



Union Minister of State for Railway K M Muniyappa and
Chairman Railway Board Vinay Mittal rushed to Etah where they
met the injured at the district hospital.



Muniyappa later said either gates would be installed
or underpasses would be constructed at all unmanned railway
crossings by 2015.
He alleged the state government was also responsible
as proper indication marks were not being installed.



The Minister also distributed an additional help of Rs
10,000 each to the kin of those killed in the accident.



Shailaja Kumari, District Magistrate, Etah, said the
injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Etah and
Farukkhabad districts.



"The injured have been taken care of and they are now
in various hospitals. Everybody is out of danger," she said.



Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed extreme grief
at the loss of life and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh
for the kin of each person killed, Rs 50,000 each for
seriously injured and Rs 10,000 each for those with minor
injuries.



Singh, who holds the Railway portfolio, also ordered a
high-level inquiry by the Commissioner of Rail Safety into the
mishap.



"CRS NER Prabhat Kumar Bajpai will conduct an inquiry
into the incident on July 8 and 9," officials spokesman of
Izzatnagar division said.



Expressing heartfelt sympathies with the victims of
the accident, Mayawati asked the Chief Secretary to be in
touch with the Railway Board to ensure adequate compensation
for the victims.



Governor B L Joshi expressed deep condolences over the
deaths.



Expressing grief over the incident, SP supremo Mulayam
Singh Yadav has demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin
of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 to the injured.



PTI




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