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PM condoles train accident victims

delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2011 19:04 IST

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Prime Minster Manmohan Singh on Sunday expressed "deep sorrow and shock" over the train accident in Uttar Pradesh in which 20 people were killed and nearly 100 others injured.

"The prime minister has expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives caused by the accident at Malwa station involving the Kalka Mail," a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.

At least 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Kalka Mail ran off the rails in Uttar Pradesh, leaving many passengers trapped in the mangled mess.

The statement said that the prime minister has instructed the ministry of railways that all available resources in the area be deployed for rescue and relief operations.

"The ministry of railways has already announced ex gratia relief to the next of kin of those killed and also to those injured in the accident," the statement added.

Minister of state for railways KH Muniyappa told the media before leaving for the disaster site that families of those killed will be given Rs.5 lakh and the seriously injured Rs.1 lakh.

Those with minor injuries would get Rs.25,000.