New Delhi: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday visited the site, where Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed near Domohani, Jalpaiguri, the previous evening.
“A statutory inquiry has been initiated. PM Modi is monitoring the situation and I am in constant touch with him. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he told ANI.
Meanwhile, the toll in the accident has increased to nine while 36 suffered injuries. Twelve coaches of the train had derailed near New Maynaguri and five of them overturned killing at least 6 people on the spot, officials said.
The rescue operation is complete and those injured are being treated, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, John Barla, had informed on Thursday after visiting the accident site.
The Centre has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for severely injured, and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.