Chhapra: Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda has announced a compensation of Rs two lakh for the deceased and Rs one lakh for those who were injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani express derailed near Chhapra today.

The railway minister termed the incident as very unfortunate and confirmed that four persons had died while eight others were injured.

He told ANI, “Ex-Gratia of Rs two lakhs is announced for the person died, Rs one lakh for the person severely injured and 20 thousand for the person who have minor injuries. The reason for the incident is said to be a sabotage. There was preliminary information that Maoists had announced a blockade today. However, the exact reason is not known to me.”

Gowda also said that the Commissioner of railway safety will inquire about the matter.

He said, “Relief operations are on and senior railway officials are on the site. We have taken the passengers to the next station. We have arranged for the passengers to reach their destination today.”

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