Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: Why is Railways helpless on safety?

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Three persons got killed and at least seven injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal announced compensation for the families of those killed in the accident.

He said Rs5 lakh would be given as ex gratia to the kin of the dead, Rs1 lakh to those with grievous injuries and Rs50,000 to those with simple injuries.

Meanwhile, Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has rushed to the accident site.

According to ANI, the train derailed near Banda railway station in Uttar Pradesh, but the Press Trust of India reported that the accident happened near Manikpur railway station.

ADG (Allahabad zone) S N Sawat said that the deceased have been identified as Ram Swarup and his son Deepak, both residents of Betia in Bihar, and one unidentified person.

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The chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate and speedy treatment of the injured, an official release said. The third passenger died at a hospital.

"Of those injured, two were serious and admitted to district hospital, Chitrakoot".

"We have set up helpline numbers, rescue and relief operations are underway", Indian Railways PRO Anil Saxena said.

The Commissioner Railway Safety (North East Circle), Satish Pandey, is probing the accident, said the public relation officer of North Central Railway, Gaurav Bansal.

Exactly a year ago, over 100 people were killed and almost 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express jumped the rails near Kanpur. The engine of the Jammu-Patna Archana Express separated twice from the train near Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. In August, 23 passengers were killed and 150 injured when the Utkal Kalinga Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh.

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