Kanpur rail accident survivors get old notes as compensation
In a shocking incident, the government has reportedly paid Rs 5,000 each to the injured victims of the Indore-Patna Express train accident in banned Rs 500 currency notes as ad-hoc compensation on Sunday.
Earlier, government had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the families of the deceased in Patna- Indore Express derailment incident. At least 96 were dead and more than 150 were injured in the accident.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday also announced Rs 50,000 for those critically injured, and Rs 25,000 for those who sustained minor injuries in incident.
“Enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate accident – Rs 3.5 Lakh in case of death. Rs 50 thousand in case of grievous injury and Rs 25 thousand in case of simple injury. This is in addition to the compensation which will be available through Railway Claims Tribunal,” said Suresh Prabhu on Twitter.
Shocking: Old 500 notes given to patients who survived the accident. Turning blck money into white? 5000 given. 9*500 (old) notes. 5*100 rs. pic.twitter.com/hg0kp6FVLY
— Prashant Kumar (@Prashant_TN) November 20, 2016
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also visited accident site and reviewed rescue and relief operations.
“Visited accident site and reviewed rescue and relief operations.Rescuing people,providing relief to those injured our immediate priority,” he said in a tweet.
More that 120 people were killed and over 100 injured before dawn on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore express train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district.
Inspector General of Police, Kanpur, Zaki Ahmad said that 120 people were killed in the accident and over 40 of the injured had been admitted in different hospitals in Kanpur. All others have been given first aid and discharged.
He added that at least 60 of the bodies have been identified with most of the victims hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.