On Thursday early morning in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, at least 13 school students were killed after the vehicle they were traveling in collided with a passenger train at an unmanned crossing.
“All students are from Divine Public School. There were at least 25 people, including children in the van, most of whom were children below the age of 10 years,” the official said.
Ved Prakash, spokesperson for Railways said: “The children were killed on the spot when Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (55075) crashed into the van at an unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva, The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.”
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath when reached the hospital where the injured are being treated. He has immediately declared ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the affected families and also directed an inquiry into the cause of the accident.
The statement released by the CM’s office said “The CM expressed deepest condolences on this very unfortunate incident and directed district administration to provide all help and medical aid,”
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the accident and tweeted “I have asked senior officials to conduct an inquiry into the incident. Railways will provide an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the deceased,”
कुशीनगर में हुए हादसे में स्कूली बच्चों की मृत्यु का दुःखद समाचार मिला, मैंने सीनियर अधिकारियों द्वारा हादसे की इन्क्वायरी के निर्देश दिए हैं, मृतको के परिवार जनों को रेलवे की ओर से दो लाख रुपये की सहायता दी जायेगी जो उप्र सरकार द्वारा दी जा रही दो लाख की राशि के अतिरिक्त होगी।
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 26, 2018
Earlier this month, more than 25 school children had lost their lives after a school bus ferrying them back home plunged into a deep gorge near village Gurchal on the Nurpur-Chamba highway in Himachal Pradesh, about 100 km from the district headquarters at Dharamsala.
The bus was carrying 40-45 people and most of those killed were students of elementary classes, aged below ten. School bus driver, 67-year-old Madan Lal, and two women teachers also died in the accident.