23 dead, 400 injured as train derails in UP's Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar: Reportedly, the UP Police suspect the role of terrorists behind the derailment of 6 coaches of Utkal Express near Khatauli in UP's Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday.

Several passengers were feared to be dead. The train was going to Puri with its arrival time scheduled at 9 PM. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.

The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131- 2436564.

Railway Minister said, he is also in close touch with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and district administration of the State to coordinate rescue and relief operations.

According to Dharmendra Pradhan-Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Prime Minister Modi is monitoring the situation and has spoken to Suresh Prabhu and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

A team of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has been sent to the accident site to ascertain if there is a terror link to the derailment.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, too, tweeted about the tragedy and said that all help was being provided to the victims. He also announced Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu personally monitoring the situation, the minister tweeted.

Anil Saxena, spokesperson of Indian Railways told ANI, "There is no authentic information on the casualties right now". As of now, it's not clear how the accident happened. "As of now our focus is on rescue and not on finding reasons for the accident".

Kumar also said IMA chapters in Meerut zone have been alerted and asked to ensure adequate and prompt medical care to the injured.

The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the accident and said that proper treatment will be provided to everyone injured in the train derailment.

  • Jon Douglas