In a message, he conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and offered prayers for speedy recovery of those injured.

Mukherjee called upon the concerned authorities to engage in speedy relief and rescue efforts and asked the people of the area to cooperate with them.

The 37 pilgrims including women and children were killed when the speeding express train ploughed into them in Khagaria district, 160 km from capital Patna.

The 'kanwarias' or devotees of Lord Shiva were walking along the tracks at Dhamara Ghat station after alighting from the Samastipur-Saharsa passenger train when the Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express travelling at 80 kmph, ran over them.


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