Rampur derailment: Railway Minister Prabhu orders probe

RSTV Bureau

Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said.
The accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma

Mahakaushal-derailsThe accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma
said.
He said while two passengers have been injured there was no casualty in the accident. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an enquiry to ascertain causes behind the accident.

“Personally monitoring situation.Directed senior officers to rush to the spot.Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations(sic),” he wrote on tweeter.

The Minister also said on the social networking site that an enquiry has been ordered and strict action will be taken against defaulters.

Adityanath also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in accident while Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries, a state government spokesman said.

The CM has asked Minister of State for Irrigation Baldev Olakh to distribute the financial help on the spot, the spokesperson said.

Adityanath has asked district officials to continue the relief and rescue operations on a war footing and directed the Chief Secretary, and the Principal Secretary, Home, to effectively monitor them.

Top railways officials, including Moradabad DRM Pramod Kumar, have reached the spot and medical teams have been pressed into action.

Moradabad Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations. A medical team has also reached, Sharma said. Earlier, police officials in Rampur had said 15 passengers were injured and rushed to the hospital.