Congress mocks govt's "bullet train" proposal in wake of Patna-Indore Express accident

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New Delhi, Nov 20: The Congress party on Sunday mocked the government over the proposal of bringing bullet trains to the country when the existing railway system is flawed.

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Shukla further called for a judicial probe into the incident in which the Patna-Indore Express detailed near Kanpur.

Rajiv Shukla

"Unfortunate; we talk about running bullet trains when we are unable to run these safely, judicial probe must be ordered," news agency ANI quoted Shukla as saying.

Earlier, 14 coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed in Pukharayan near Kanpur, UP, resulting in the deaths of over 91 people.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be rushing to the spot where Patna-Indore Express derailed even as relief and rescue efforts are underway in full swing.

Prabhu earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakhs each to the families of the deceased while Rs 50,000 for those critically injured in the ill fated incident.

The compensation for those who sustained minor injuries would be Rs.25, 000.

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