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India Prime Minister announces compensation for victims

The payments will be made from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. They are over and above any assistance announced by the Railways. Photograph: (Reuters)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 20, 2016, 06.58 AM (IST)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief today over the loss of lives in the derailment of the Patna-Indore Express and announced compensation to be paid to the next of kin of those killed, and those injured in the mishap.

Modi announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed, and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the mishap. The payments will be made from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

This payments are over and above any assistance announced by the Railways.

96 passengers were killed and 226 injured, 76 of them seriously, when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in Pukhraya -- about 60 kms from the industrial city of Kanpur -- in the state of Uttar Pradesh at about 3 am today.

(PTI)

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