Glitch in locomotive equipment: Railways Minister visits Bikaner-Guwahati train mishap

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, a preliminary inquiry into the Bikaner-Guwahati train mishap showed that there might be a glitch in the locomotive equipment. Detailed investigation is on to look into the issue. At least nine passengers died and 55 injured when 12 coaches of the Assam-bound train got derailed and  near Domohani in West Bengal last evening.

The minister who visited the mishap site, said, the Commission of Railway safety is conducting an inquiry to find the root cause behind the accident. He added, Ministry of Railways has paid all the ex- gratia amounts to the next of the kin of those lost their lives in the yesterday's train accident as well as to the injured. 

Indian Railways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5lakh for the family members of those who have lost their lives in the accident. Passengers who sustained grievous injuries will get Rs. 1lakh and those with minor injuries will get Rs. 25,000.  Mr.Vaishnaw informed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is monitoring the situation. A statutory inquiry has been initiated.

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