At least 63 people were killed and over 150 others injured today when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district, with railways officials saying the number of casualties could rise.
Uttar Pradesh ADG (law and order) Daljeet Singh Choudhary, said, so far 45 bodies have been recovered from the spot.
Spokesperson of Indian Railways, Anil Saxena, said, “Senior officials and medical team have been rushed to the spot. We are in contact with the district officials officials.”
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has asked the director-general of police to personally monitor the rescue operations while railway minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the accident.
Buses have been pressed into service to help passengers complete their journey, Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar Kumar said, adding that there are possibilities of casualties in the S2 coach which is severely damaged.
District administration along with railway officials are carrying out rescue and relief operations. Four AC coaches have also been derailed, he added.
Meanwhile, DIG (Kanpur range) Rajesh Modak said that two bogies of the train have been severely damaged and many people are feared dead.
Railways has also released helpline numbers — Indore – 07411072, Ujjain – 07342560906, Ratlam – 074121072, Orai – 051621072, Jhansi – 05101072, Pokhraya – 05113270239.