The Supreme Court on Tuesday awarded compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the 18 people who were killed in February 2011 in train accidents in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
The bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and Justice UU Lalit also awarded a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to those who suffered permanent disability, Rs 50,000 to with seriously injuries, and Rs 25,000 for minor injuries.
The apex court issued guidelines for the Railways to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
Over 150,000 people from 11 states, vying for Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jobs, had reached Bareilly to submit forms for recruitment in the force.
The accident took place when the aspirants were returning home atop overcrowded Himgiri Express and Triveni Express trains from the recruitment drive when some were killed after being hit by an overhead bridge, while others from falling off the roof of the train.
The accident had triggered violent protests in which two bogies of the Jammu-Tawi Express were torched and the driver of the Himgiri Express was roughed up. The agitators also pelted stones at the AIR and Doordarshan offices.