Breaking:Rs 3.5-lakh announced for Muzaffarnagar train accident victims

New Delhi/Lucknow: At least 15-20 people are feared dead after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed in  Khatauli near Muzaffarnagr in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. The figure of deaths was confirmed by an ADG of UP Police. The number of injured have been put above 50. Compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh has been announced for the families of the dead

According to railway officials, the incident occurred around 5.46 p.m. in Khatauli, in Muzaffarnagar district. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and a probe has been ordered. "I am personally monitoring situation. Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations," Prabhu said in series of tweets. "Have ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he said. The Minister said that medical vans have been rushed to the site. All efforts are being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations, he said. "I have instructed Chairman Railway Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations," he said, adding that he has also instructed the General Manager, other senior officials to ensure all possible help to the people. The Minister said that he was in close touch with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations IANS/News24Bureau