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20 feared dead as Gorakhdham Express derails

Posted on May 26 2014 | IBNS

Gorakhpur, May 26 : At least 20 people are feared dead as six bogies of the Gorakhdham Express got derailed near Churaid Railway Station at Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, said reports.

At least 10 passengers were injured when the Express train hit a stationary goods train near Khalilabad city.

"We have started relief work. We fear at least 20 people to be dead. But exact figures will be known later," said Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar.

Meanwhile, Narendra Modi, who will take oath as the new Prime Minister on Monday, tweeted: "My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham express tragedy. Prayers with the injured."

"Spoke to the Cabinet Secretary. Asked him to take an overview of the situation and ensure timely assistance to those injured," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, who will also be sworn in as part of Modi's cabinet on Monday, said: "Deeply saddened to know of the Gorakhdham Express tragedy in which many precious lives have been lost and several others have been injured."

"My heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of those who got injured in the train accident," he tweeted.

The train was going from Delhi to Gorakhpur.

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