Kushinagar accident: PM Modi 'extremely saddened', Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath offer condolences

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 26, 2018, 10.41 AM(IST)

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia for the families of the victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed regret over Kushinagar accident where at least 13 children were killed. "I am extremely saddened on hearing about the death of school students in a collision between a school van and a train in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar. UP government and the railway department will take appropriate action," PM Modi stated while addressing BJP candidates for the upcoming Karnataka assembly poll this morning. 

According to reports, 13 children were killed and eight others were reported injured when a train rammed into a school vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing. The incident took place at Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar area, around 50 kilometres from Gorakhpur. 

The train was bound for Siwan from Gorakhpur. The school van is reported to have been carrying at least 25 people. 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia for the families of the victims. CM Adityanath has also directed the Gorakhpur commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the accident.

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Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the victim.

"I received the unfortunate news of the death of school children. I have asked senior officials to conduct a probe into the incident. Railways will give a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the dead over and above the aid announced by the Uttar Pradesh government," Goyal tweeted.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed sadness over Kushinagar accident. 

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"The death of several children in the accident in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district has caused me to grieve deeply. I convey my grieving condolences to the families of the deceased children. Orders for investigation of the incident have been given by the Ministry of Railways," read his tweet.