At least 13 children, aged between 7 and 11, were killed when a train rammed into their school van at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar area, around 50 km from Gorakhpur.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday sparked a controversy after he allegedly asked the family members of the victims’ killed in Kushinagar accident to stop ‘nautanki’
“Today an unfortunate incident has taken place. My heart goes to the family members who have lost their children.” said Yogi Adityanath, after he visited the hospital.
However, while addressing the crowd, he lost his cool and instructed protesting crowd not to do ‘nautanki’.
“Ye ek dukhad ghatna hai…Naare baaji band karein.. Abhi bhi mein bol raha hoon…Nautanki bankd karein aap log,” the chief minister can be heard saying in a video that has gone viral.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today ordered an inquiry into the Kushinagar train-school van accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased.
The minister also said that the Railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those simple injuries.
The railway board chairman also said that a total of 109 accidents have taken place at unmanned level crossings in the country since 2014-15 and asserted that railways aim to eliminate unmanned level crossings by March 2020.