Taking swift action following a major tragedy in Kushinagar wherein 13 school children, aged between 7 and 11, were killed in a bus-trail collision on Thursday morning, the Uttar Pradesh government has arrested the principal of the concerned school.
An official said that the Chief Minister ordered that school vehicles across the state be checked on whether they were following the guidelines prescribed for such vehicles.
The train was on its way to Gorakhpur from Siwan. They demanded that railway personnel should be posted at the unmanned crossing to avoid such accidents.
The students, whose age are below 10, were being driven to class in Uttar Pradesh state when a passenger train collided with their vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing.
April 26 (ANI): In the wake of the Kushinagar accident, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma, on Thursday, lamented the politicising of the issue.
Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said the Indian Railways was trying to eliminate unmanned crossings.
While visiting the accident site, CM Adityanath enquired about the treatment being given to the injured at a hospital.
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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's office instructed district authorities to undertake rescue and relief operations immediately.
"An inquiry has been ordered". Adityanath told the crowd that he had spoken to the Railways minister Piyush Goyal about making unmanned railway crossings safe.
"Ministry of Railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries".
PRO, Varanasi Division of NE Railway said the track was later cleared for train movement and a team of senior Railway officials visited the site to investigate the case. Prima facie it appears to be a mistake of the van driver.
It was the second deadly incident involving a school bus this month.
At least 13 children have been killed in India after a train crashed into their school bus, amid reports the bus driver was listening to music through headphones.