<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 60 passengers were injured in Wednesday’s Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailment accident near Kanpur, raising serious questions on the safety of train passengers in the country. While the cause of the accident could not be ascertained, sources said railway fracture was suspected to be the possible reason for derailment of 15 coaches Ajmer-Sealdeh Express.The incident comes just a month after 150 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh on November 20. While the investigation report of that incident is yet to come out, initial report had suggested rail fracture as possible reason for that accident too. Incidentally, both these accidents occured in the early hours of morning.Wednesday’s mishap took place when the train was crossing a bridge overhead a dry canal in the area and reportedly two coaches of the train also fell in the canal. Some railway officials, who did not wish to be named, said it was almost miraculous that there were no casualties. They added that had the train been running on a high speed, the impact of the accident would have been much more. “The train had just pulled out of a railway station and its speed was rather slow. The train was travelling at a speed of 108km per hour,” an official said.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced a thorough investigation into the accident and Commissioner Railway Safety of Northern Circle was put in charge of the inquiry. Sources in Railways said a possible fracture in the track appeared to be the prima facie cause of the mishap. Maintenance issues coupled with drop in temperature cause fracture in rails. A senior railway official, however, said that weather and fog had no role to play in Tuesday’s accident.There has been an increase in incidents of derailments this year. According to railways data, there have been 67 derailment cases this year since April while it was 52 in the corresponding period last year. Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed however, said that the total number of accident cases has come down in comparison to previous years though the railways’ plan of action is to achieve zero accident target. The total number of accidents was 137 three years back which has come down to 87 this year, Jamshed said. Prabhu announced ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people with minor injuries. 62 people suffered injuries and 11 of them had grievous injuries, a railway official said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after he claimed that wheels of Indore-Patna Express had made some strange sound long before it derailed in Kanpur Rural district of Uttar Pradesh, Prakash Sharma, who had travelled between Indore and Ujjain, was on Monday asked to depose before competent authority. “A railway officer from Kanpur rang me up and asked me to be ready to depose before the competent officer regarding my statement that wheels of Indore-Patna Express made some strange sounds on November 19,” Sharma (35), a resident of Kherkheda village in MP’s Mandsaur district, said on Monday.Sharma said he was ready to cooperate and record his statement in any probe “though I have not been informed when and where I am supposed to depose.” He said four officers of Ratlam Railway Division under Western Railway came to his place on Monday and connected him to a higher official, whom he apprised about his claim in detail.”On November 19, I boarded (sleeper coach) S-2 of Indore-Patna Express around 2 PM at Indore and after an hour I alighted at Ujjain. I informed an officer in railway uniform in my coach about the strange sound of the wheels. But he didn’t take it seriously,” he had told reporters on Sunday.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna Express tragedy: Toll mounts to 146, probe into derailment beginsSharma had said that he didn’t know the name of that official. In the worst rail accident in recent years, 146 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, when 14 coaches of the Patna-bound train derailed near Kanpur rural district early on Sunday due to suspected rail fracture.The probe into the accident began on Monday with Commissioner of Railway Safety, PK Acharya visiting the accident site and inspecting the broken track and the mangled bogies. Earlier on Monday, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told Lok Sabha that a statutory inquiry by the commissioner of railway safety has been ordered to find the cause of the accident.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Kumar Yadav’s journey to participate in the ‘griha pravesh’ (house warming) ceremony of his newly-constructed house at Pasar Village in Begusarai turned out to be the last journey of his life, as the Indore-Patna Express in which he was travelling from Indore to Patna, met with an accident near Pukhrayan in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh early Sunday morning, killing more than hundred passengers.His family members in Bihar, who were praying for his well-being since they came to know about the accident through television, were informed by one of the Shiv’s friends about his demise.Shiv’s younger brother, Vikas Kumar Yadav, who was anxiously waiting at the Patna Junction to know the fate of his brother, told reporters: “In the morning, when one of the friends of my brother, who had knowledge about his journey to Patna by that train, came to know about the accident, made a call on his number. The call was responded was some local resident, who told him that my brother was dead.””The local resident said the phone was ringing in my brother’s pocket that is why he picked the call,” Vikas added.Vikas further said, “My brother had got his home constructed recently, and was on his way to home to attend the griha pravesh ceremony.”Shiv, who was working at a ‘supari’ (beetle nut) factory in Indore for the past 15 years, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.More than hundred passengers were killed and scores of others injured when 14 coaches of the train derailed at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the accident. He said, the Commissioner, Railway Safety, will inquire into reasons behind the derailment.The railways have announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 3.5 lakh each to next of kin to those killed, Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for minor injury.President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed heartfelt condolences to families of deceased in the accident. They also prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.
On Sunday, at least 90 passengers were killed and over 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district. Various leaders announced ex-gratia for the families of the victims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the train tragedy and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the UP train derailment.
“Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he said in a tweet.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a probe into the train tragedy too and announced ex-gratia for the families of the victims.
Rs 3.5 lakh exgratia will be given for the families of those killed in the derailment and Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured, he said.
Prabhu said the Commissioner of Railway Safety will probe the reasons behind the derailment.
“All rescue and relief work is on to deal with the unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Inquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely,” Prabhu said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced ex-gratia for the families of those killed in the mishap.
While Rs 5 lakh each will be given for families of those killed in derailment, Rs 50,000 will be given for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
Yadav instructed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations and deploy traffic police along the route of the mishap site to ensure green corridor for ambulances to reach hospitals quickly.
Four coaches of the train – S1, S2, S3, S4- were badly damaged in the mishap that took place at around 3 am near Pukhraya. Most of the passengers were jolted out of their sleep to find themselves among mangled remains of the bogies.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Nov 20, 2016 11:40 IST
Two children were on Tuesday run over and killed by the country’s first semi high-speed train Gatimaan Express during its trial run, at Runakta station here, police said.The two children were identified as Chotu (10) and Arvind (8), Sub Inspector of Police Chandresh Gautam said, adding that they were probably crossing the tracks. The bodies have been handed over to family members, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In its trial run after getting the nod of Commissioner of Railway Safety, the train (Gatimaan Express) developed a technical snag and had to be halted for nearly one hour between Mathura Junction and Baad stations. “The train then was dragged up to Mathura Jn. It could move ahead by the same engine……” PRO Bhupender Dhillon stated.