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KOLKATA: Railway minister Mukul Roy will leave for Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh - where six coaches of the Up Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express derailed - by the Howrah Rajdhani Express on Thursday evening. According to sources, Roy will get off at Mughalsarai from where he will travel by road towards Jaunpur.""It was an extremely sad incident and I am leaving for the spot. The next to kin of those killed will receive Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia while the family members of those seriously injured will get Rs 100,000 each. Those who suffered minor injuries will receive Rs 25,000. The railways will take care of the relatives of affected passengers who wish to travel to Jaunpur. They can travel by special coaches that will be attached to the Doon Express that will leave Howrah on Thursday,"" Roy said before leaving Kolkata.The railway minister was supposed to visit Cooper's Camp in Ranaghat,... Read more...
Nadia, where elections to the notified area are to be held on June 3. He changed his plans after the accident, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said. Though Mamata did not write off the possibility of sabotage, Roy refused to comment on the matter. The chief minister said that she has received information that the assistant loco pilot of the train spotted something on the track and emergency brakes were applied, leading to the accident. ""A P Mishra, mmber, Railway Board, has already held a press conference and indicated the possible reasons for the accident. More will be known after an inquiry is conducted,"" the railway minister said. He said that four persons have died so far and 15 passengers have been injured. A high-level inquiry committee has been set up to probe the accident, he added. Earlier in the day, Mishra had said that there is possibility of sabotage. ""We can't say anything for sure but it is possible that somebody removed some material from the tracks. Normally, trains can pass over an unclamped portion of the track but in extremely hot weather, there can be some distortions in the affected portion and cause a derailment. However, nothing can be said for sure till and inquiry is conducted,"" he had said.