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31 killed as train derails in UP, more casualties feared


March 20,Lucknow: At least 31 people were killed and around 150 others injured today when the engine and two adjoining coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station in this district.

"The toll has gone up to 31," Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hassan told PTI over phone. Officials feared that the casualties could go up.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed grief over the loss of lives in the train accident in Uttar Pradesh and asked Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to ensure speedy assistance at the spot.

"PM has expressed grief on the loss of lives in the train accident in UP and has wished the injured a speedy recovery," PMO said.