Condoling the loss of lives in the fire accident in the Tamil Nadu Express, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday asked the Railway Ministry to render all assistance to the affected.

Expressing shock and grief over the mishap that took place near Nellore, Dr Singh conveyed his sympathies to the kin of those who died in the accident.

He asked Railways to work with the Andhra government to coordinate and speed up rescue and relief measures besides rendering all assistance to the kin of the victims.

Thirty-two train passengers were charred to death and 25 others injured when a fire broke out in a coach of the New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in the early hours.

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