Gorakhpur: At least 13 children were killed on Wednesday and eight others injured when their school van was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district, an official said.
The Chief Minister also ordered to register an FIR against the principal of the school. Miffed with the protesters, Adityanath climbed up on the bonnet of his vehicle and asked the crowd to stop their "nautanki".
"I am extremely saddened", he said.
Railway Board Chairman Ashwahi Lohani on Thursday said the Railways were committed to "eliminate unmanned level crossings" but said people needed to be careful while crossing the unmanned level crossings.
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Another 12 children were injured in the crash and taken to a hospital in Kushinagar, a town 200km southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
The chief minister said that he has spoken to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on the issue of train accidents at unmanned crossings and appealed to him to make them manned and, if required, ensure construction of railway overbridges.
The school bus ferrying 20 children belonged to Divine Public School. The train was travelling from Siwan in Bihar to Gorakhpur. India has vowed to upgrade unattended railway crossings next year to reduce fatal accidents. "I spoke to the Rail Minister this morning". An angry crowd raised slogans against railway and local authorities.
"Prima facie it appears to be a mistake of the van driver", said the chief minister, according to News18. On April 10, 27 children below the age of 10 had died when their school bus fell into a 100-feet deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra.