"The Prime Minister has expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives of pilgrims caused by the accident at Katyani Sthan, in Khagaria District, Bihar," a statement issued here said.

At least 35 pilgrims were killed and over a dozen injured on Monday when they were run over by a speeding train. Angry locals and pilgrims set ablaze six bogies of the train, brutally assaulted its driver and took several railway officials hostage.

The Prime Minister has also directed the railways to deploy all available resources in the area for rescue and relief operations.


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