Sabotage suspected as 8 coaches of Rajya Rani Express derail

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2017 10:37:49


NEW DELHI,

(PTI),


EIGHT coaches of Meerut Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Hinting at sabotage, the Railways said defects in the track could be due to “extraneous factors” as they could not develop suddenly. While according to Rampur police, 15 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, the railways claimed that only two passengers — Amit Katiyar and Megh Singh — were injured. The railways has ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 each for the injured passengers.


The accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson
Neeraj Sharma said. He said two passengers, identified as Amit Katiyar and Megh Singh, were injured in the mishap. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for each of the injured passengers and also ordered an enquiry to ascertain causes behind the accident.


“Personally monitoring situation. Directed senior officers to rush to the spot. Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations(sic),” he wrote on Twitter. Prabhu said strict action will be taken against those found guilty. Moradabad Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations. A medical team has also reached, Sharma said.

The railways have operationalised helpline numbers at different stations to facilitate communication between passengers and their relatives. Helpline numbers are: Meerut (0121-2401215), New Delhi (011-23341074, 23342954), Old Delhi (011-23962389, 23967332), Nizamuddin (011-24359748), Moradabad (1072),Bareilly(05812558161,2558162),Lucknow(09794830975,0522237677).

A three-foot portion of the railway track was found missing, said the police. “The track was tested on February 27 using ultrasonic flaw detectors (USFD) and no defect was found. So, the possibility of involvement of extraneous factors in causing damage to the track cannot be ruled out,” said a source.