Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday condoled the loss of lives in the fire mishap in the Howrah-Dehradun Express and announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of those killed.
All other passengers in the affected B1 and B2 AC coaches will get Rs 25000 as immediate financial assistance for the inconvenience caused due to the fire, he said.
There were a total of 128 passengers in the two coaches of which seven were charred to death after fire broke out in the train in Jharkhand's Giridih district in the wee hours on Tuesday.
The fire, which broke out around 3 am in B1 AC coach and then spread to spread to B2 AC coach, was spotted in the coach between Gomo and Nimiaghat railway stations, he said.
Dhanbad DRM and a railway medical team have reached the site and catering arrangements have been made for the stranded passengers.