Thirty-seven people from Madhya Pradesh are confirmed dead in Sunday’s train accident in Uttar Pradesh, railway officials said on Monday. Indore, from where the express train originated, has the maximum number of 23 casualties in the state.
Seven victims belong to Bhopal followed by two each from Gwalior and Dewas, and one each from Ujjain, Shujalpur and Dhar.
The overall toll in the accident mounted to 146.
Toll may go up as there is little hope of finding survivors in mangled remains of Indore-Patna Express’ 14 coaches, which came off the tracks near Pukhrayan rail station in Uttar Pradesh.
Railway officials said at least 160 people boarded the express train from Bhopal.
“As per the information received by us, bodies of 57 people have been identified by authorities and their post-mortem examinations have been done in Kanpur. Out of the 57, seven are from Bhopal,” west central railway public relations officer (PRO) IA Siddiqui told Hindusta Times.
He said seven people from Bhopal sustained injures and undergoing treatment.
Bhopal citizens are identified as Gita Singh, Ragini Singh, Jivtesh Kumar, Priyanka, Poonam Tiwari, Rajesh Singh and Sanjay Nath, Siddiqui said.
On Monday, bodies of Gita Singh, 50, Ragini Singh, 28, and Rajesh Singh, 46 reached their residences and last rites were performed.
“We have increased our alertness in the division after the accident and the staff are inspecting tracks and signals to ensure safety of passengers and prevent any untoward incident,” said Siddiqui.