Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama Express derails in UP, three killed

The derailment of train no. 12741 took place near Manikpur

A Patna bound Vasco Da Gama Express derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. Piyush Goyal, India's Railway Minister has already announced ex-gratia compensation to the kin of the dead, to the tune of INR 5 lakh each.

Also people suffered minor injuries will receive Rs 50,000 each, the Ministry of Railways announced. He also ordered an enquiry by the commissioner of railway safety.

Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express near Manikpur railway station on Friday.

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According to Allahabad Zone ADG SN Sawat, the two of the three deceased passengers have been identified as Ram Swarup Patel and his son Dipak Patel, residents of Betia in West Champaran district of Bihar.

Expressing grief over the death of passengers, the chief minister conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured. Anil Saxena, Railway spokesperson, said medical relief is being provided to the injured.

The chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate and speedy treatment of the injured, an official release said.

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Railway officials are on the spot and investigating the reasons that led to the accident. The third passenger died at a hospital.

On Thursday, a local train hit avehicle near Amethi in UP, killing four and injuring two, and agoods train jumped the rails between Goraknath and Raghunathpur in Odisha.

Relief operation immediately started and seven of the injured were taken to the Manikpur Community Health Centre while another two were referred to the district hospital in Chitrakoot. A crash near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh last November had killed 150 people.

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