Utkal Express accident: Terrorists' role suspected, UP ATS rushed to spot

NDRF teams have been mobilized for rescue operation at Khatauli railway station

The death toll is likely to go up as the NDRF team along with the ATS of Uttar Pradesh is still carrying out the rescue operations. The incident took place in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The helpline numbers are 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103, 0131-2436564. "We are trying our best to mobilize resources for the rescue and relief operations". The number of casualties is yet to be ascertained.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry and directed railway board chairman and other officials to oversee rescue and relief operations.

The UP Anti-Terror Squad has been rushed to the accident spot to probe the terror angle. He added that railway officials have been instructed to coordinate speedy relief effort to ensure the safety of the people. "Still monitoring situation closely", Prabhu tweeted. He also said he is in constant touch with the UP chief minister.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to the kin of Odia passengers killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

The Northern Railways has assured to provide alternative vehicles for the stranded passengers.

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Police said the incident was linked to the Barcelona attack, as was an explosion that destroyed a house in Alcanar, Catalonia. Six more people were injured in the attack. "Our love and our prayers are with the victims and their families", he said.

The derailment occurred at Khatauli in UP's Muzaffarnagar area.

Initial inputs from railway technical officials said the train driver applied sudden brakes as he spotted some fix works in progress on the tracks. As many as six coaches went off track and at least 20 people have been reported injured in the incident. "Railway Ministry, UP Govt are doing everything possible and providing all assistance needed", PM tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he is "extremely pained" by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar, which left several killed and many injured.

Two NDRF headquarter teams, comprising of 45 personnel each, and 2 canines have been rushed to the Muzaffarnagar accident site from their base in Ghaziabad.

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