Muzaffarnagar train derailment: NDRF mobilized for rescue ops

The train had left Puri on August 17 and was scheduled to reach Haridwar at 9 pm today. The train accident occurred in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, which is just around 100 km from the national capital, New Delhi. After the accident, the train bogies entered the adjacent houses. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the accident to ascertain the cause.

Two NDRF headquarter teams, comprising of 45 personnel each, and 2 canines have been rushed to the Muzaffarnagar accident site from their base in Ghaziabad. He also instructed General Manager and other senior officers to ensure all possible help to the passengers.

An Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) led by DSP Anup Singh is on its way to the site on the instructions of UP ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar, according to The Hindu.

Expressing his deep concern over the tragic incident he directed the commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the Railway department in rescue operation.

Suresh Prabhu has also announced compensation for the deceased and injured. He also announced Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries. "The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railway Ministry", Modi said.


"I am personally monitoring situation. Strict action will be taken against any lapse".

The Minister said that medical vans have been rushed to the site. The teams have been sent to the spot for relief and rescue from Meerut.

There is no confirmation of any deaths so far, and rescue operations are underway.

The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the accident and said that proper treatment will be provided to everyone injured in the train derailment.


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