Utkal Express Mishap: Action taken against 8 Railway Officials

21 August, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Utkal Express Derails in UP’s Muzaffarnagar Nearly Dozen Dead Casualties Feared to Rise

The Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga train went off the tracks near Khatuali on Saturday evening.

The track repairing work is underway on war footing level. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

A joint investigation team comprising the railways and the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad rushed to the spot. "Other than that, the railways pays its own compensation as well as ex-gratia", he told reporters.

Khatauli is around 40 km from Muzaffarnagar.

"Railways Ministry & UP Govt are doing everything possible & providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment", he added.

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NDRF DG Sanjay Kumar says about 60-70 injured people have been rescued so far and 20 dead bodies have been recovered.

He said as per the direction of Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, stern action will be taken against those who found prima facie guilty in the incident. "It was running at a speed of about 100 kmph when the accident took place", said Delhi Division DRM, R N Singh. He further said, "We watch trains pass everyday but what happened today..."

More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are lying trapped inside the mangled coaches. "They are still trapped under the bogie", claimed Sandeep who described the scene as a "horrible nightmare". Soon after the derailment of 14 coaches of the train near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, 12 injured people were admitted to private hospitals in Meerut and were treated free of cost. Besides, 35 ambulances, bread, butter, 1,000 food packets, additional private and State-run buses were being arranged. "There were no medical lapses by either government or private doctors in the district". The senior officer also said the Railway Police had lodged an FIR in the case at Khatauli under sections that included mischief causing destruction of railway property, causing death by negligence, causing grievous hurt, endangering life and personal safety.

"Railway Commissioner (Safety) will initiate detailed probe from tomorrow into derailment of Utkal Express", said Mohd Jamshed, member, Traffic, Railway Board. Railway officials undertake unofficial maintenance because of the high number of trains travelling and the pressure to maintain the tracks does not allow them time for officially declaring that the track is under maintenance.

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