Roy visited the district hospital in the wee hours and inquired about the well-being of the passengers injured in the accident. He said the railways would bear expenses for the treatment of those seriously injured in the accident. During his visit to the accident site near Mahrawa Railway Station, about 70 km from Varanasi, he said the inquiry would be handed over to safety commissioner to find out the cause of the accident within seven days and stern action would be taken against the guilty. Roy added effective steps would be taken to check such incidents in the future.
Saying prima facie the accident is not the act of anti-social elements, the Railway Minister said it was a subject of inquiry.
Earlier, former Railway Minister and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded an inquiry into the derailment stating it should be probed whether it was an 'accident or an incident'. The minister said while an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh would be given to kin of passengers killed in the accident, Rs 1 lakh would be given to the seriously injured and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injuries.