Mishra, who visited the accident site along with Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Tuesday, said, “The track at the site had developed a huge crack, which prima facie looked to be the cause of the accident. Here, sabotage could not be ruled out.”

A formal inquiry into the accident will be carried out by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.

Mishra, who was also accompanied by Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath, Bansgaon MP Kamlesh Paswan, Basti MP Harish Dwivedi and Khalilabad MP Sharad Tripathi, ordered the officials to ensure safety and fasten the rescue operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday announced an ex gratia payment of Rs two lakh to the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to those injured.

The Indian Railways said that the death toll had reached 28. Reports had earlier said that around 40 people were feared killed.


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