In a message to Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi, President Mukherjee said, "I am saddened to learn about the train accident in which a number of persons lost their lives and some were injured near Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh.”

"I am sure that the state government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured and all possible aid to the bereaved families, who have lost their near and dear ones," he added.

The Prime Minister-designate echoing similar sentiments tweeted, “My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham express tragedy. Prayers with the injured.”

“Spoke to the Cabinet Secretary. Asked him to take an overview of the situation & ensure timely assistance to those injured,” he added while assuring timely assistance to all those affected.

20 feared dead as Gorakdham Express rams goods train in UP

At least 20 passengers were feared killed on Monday as the Gorakhdham Express rammed into a stationary freight train in the district.

The incident occurred on Monday morning when the express train came on the same track as the freight train near Chureb Railway Station, District Magistrate Bharat Lal said.

However, NE Railway's CPRO Alok Singh said the accident was caused due to derailment.

Lal said around 20 people are feared killed in the accident that completely damaged the first bogey of the train. Officials in the Railway Board said the mishap occurred due to derailment of the express train.
    
They said six coaches of the train rammed into a stationary goods train standing on the adjoining track at the station.

Out of the six coaches, four were general coaches and two were AC coach-- AC first class and AC two tier.

The Indian Railways have ordered an inquiry into the mishap by Commissioner Railway Safety (Northeast circle) P K Bajpayee.

They have also ordered a compensation of Rs one lakh to the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

A sum of Rs 10,000 will be given to those who sustained simple injuries. Medical teams have rushed to the spot.

(JPN/Agencies)

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