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Kushinagar Train Accident: ‘Stop this Nataunki’, says CM Yogi Adityanath to protesters


Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath visited the site where thirteen children got killed in a train accident. Relatives of the children were protesting, in no time Yogi lost his cool and started shouting “Stop this nautanki (drama),” he told tons of protesters.

Earlier today thirteen school children were killed and eight others were injured when their school van was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district.

The children were students of Divine Public School, they were killed on the spot when Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (55075) crashed into the van at an unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva, said Ved Prakash, spokesperson for Railways. There were at least 25 people, including children in the van, most of whom were children below the age of 10 years, the official said. The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.

After the accident larger number of people gathered on the spot, questioning the failure of the railway authorities and state government who had not taken any steps to prevent the accident, which could have avoided the accident.

“Stop raising these slogans… I am still telling you… Note, what I am saying,” Yogi Adityanath said to protesters. But the people were not in mood to listen then he called it the protest a Nautanki.

The chief minister had earlier said that the school van driver was to be blamed for the deaths. “I am told that the school van driver was wearing earphones while driving… this is a case of pure negligence,” he said earlier in the day.