New Farakka Express derails in Uttar Pradesh; 7 killed, many injured

Rae Bareli: A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team comprising 40 personnel were deployed at the accident site where at least seven people were killed and a dozen others were seriously injured after eight coaches and engine of the New Farakka Express (14003) derailed near Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh on October 10. The incident happened at 6.10 am.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the district magistrate, the superintendent of police, health authorities and NDRF to provide all possible assistance to rescue and relief operations. The accident happened in Rae Bareli district’s Harchandpur area leaving around 30-35 people injured.

The injured were taken to the Harchandpur PHC and district hospital. Other passengers were sent to Lucknow and will be sent to Delhi by a special train. Senior officers, including the district magistrate, superintendent of police, CO, sub-divisional magistrate were at the spot and relief operations were in full swing. All up and down lines on the route were blocked. As many as five trains were cancelled or shortly terminated, while nine trains diverted after the derailment.

The reason for derailment has not been ascertained yet. Anand Kumar, Additional Director General (ADG), Law and order, said that it will be known after an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is sent for an on-the-spot probe.

The chief minister expressed his condolences for the deceased and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of deceased and Rs 50,000 for those with serious injuries.

The Centre too has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for the injured and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries.

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