New Delhi [India], January 13 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday expressed grief at the derailment of Guwahati-Bikaner express train in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, which led to three deaths and injuries to 20 people.
Singh expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the recovery of the ones injured.
"The loss of lives due to a train accident in North West Bengal is tragic. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover at the earliest," Singh said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal.
"Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly," PM Modi tweeted.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped after multiple bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district today. The accident took place near Domohani in West Bengal this evening.
According to initial reports by Indian Railways, three people were killed and 20 injured in the mishap.
The Railway Minister will visit the accident site tomorrow morning to take stock of the incident.
"I am reaching the site tomorrow morning. Medical teams, senior officers at the spot. PM Modi also took stock of the situation and rescue operation," he said.
He also announced an enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of the accident. "Enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate accident: Rs 5 Lakh in case of death, Rs 1 Lakh towards grievous and Rs 25,000 for minor injuries," he said in a tweet.
Briefing media persons over the accident, Guneet Kaur, Chief PRO, North-East Frontier Railway, Guwahati said, "Accident occurred around 5 pm between Domohani and New Maynaguri. Around 10 coaches were affected. Three people are dead and 20 injured.""An ex-gratia amount has also been announced for the affected passengers. A high-level inquiry has also been ordered," she added.
She said that rescue operation is almost complete and the teams have successfully rescued the affected passengers. (ANI)