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Yesterday (20:44)  Utkal Express derailment: Suresh Prabhu asks authorities to ‘fix responsibility’ (www.thehindu.com)
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The Union Minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday directed the Chairman of the Railway Board to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day” into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.
The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.
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20 people died after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening. “Restoration is top priority. Seven coaches tackled. Also ensuring best possible medical care for the injured. Monitoring situation closely,” he said in a tweet.
“Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” he tweeted.
The minister, who has been keeping a close tab on the situation since yesterday, directed senior officials and medical personnel to provide assistance to injured passengers and all possible help to relatives of affected passengers.
Mr. Prabhu had ordered an inquiry into the derailment yesterday. He said he was personally monitoring the situation and strict action will be taken in case of any lapse.
The minister also announced ₹3.5 lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, ₹50,000 for the seriously injured and ₹ 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.
  
Yesterday (20:43)  Utkal Express derailment: Railway Ministry admits to ground-level lapses in maintenance work near derailment site, 13 accident victims identified (www.thehindu.com)
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Adds that the Commissioner of Railway Safety will start an inquiry into the accident on Monday
The Railway Ministry on Sunday admitted to ground-level lapses in maintenance work near Muzaffarnagar that led to derailment of at least 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express on Saturday evening in Uttar Pradesh.
“During our visit to the accident site, we found that some repair equipments were kept on the track side. One reason could be that there was some repair work going on and precaution may not have been taken,” Railway Board Member Traffic Mohammad
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Jamshed said during a press conference here on Sunday.
He added that the authorities are also examining an audio clip circulating on social media platform WhatsApp and media channels in which “local rail officer admitted to negligence during the maintenance work.”
Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle, Shailesh Kumar Pathak will begin inquiry into the accident on Monday. The CRS conducts inquiry into serious rail accidents and administratively falls under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Number of dead and injured
At 5.46 pm on Saturday, 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed at at Khatauli, near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Jamshed said 20 people were killed and 92 passengers were injured out of which 22 were grievously injured. Around six-seven coaches capsized and another three-four coaches were “smashed” causing damage to 200 metres of railway track and the overhead equipments, the Railway Board official said.
State officials, however, say 24 people have died so far in the accident. Officials have also revised the number of injured to 156. A press released sent by the office of the Director General of Police on Saturday night said around 400 had been injured.
The number of dead is likely to go up as at least 20 of the 156 injured are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, ten of the accident victims have been identified. The list is Sukhi Prajapati (Madhya Pradesh), Alok Sarkar (New Delhi), Vishnu Goswami (Gwalior), Rinki Kumari (Agra), Karishma (Saharanpur), Brijraj Pandey (Gwalior), Sumit Garg (Saharanpur), Rampal Singh Sharma (Muzaffarnagar), Vineet Mittal (Muzaffarnagar), Braj Kumar Prajapati (Gwalior), Sheetal Singh Khushwaha (Gwalior), Pramod Kumar (Muzaffarnagar) and Aarti (MP).
Prima facie inquiry
Meanwhile, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has filed a case under Section 151, Section 154 and Section 427 of the Railways Act 1989 for causing damage to railway property, endangering safety of persons travelling by rail by rash or negligent act and mischief causing damage, respectively.
The Railway will conduct a prima facie inquiry to ascertain whether or not procedures mentioned in the maintenance manuals were followed while undertaking the repair work. “We will ascertain the prima facie cause and take strict action against the responsible officer till evening,” Mr. Jamshed said.
He said precautionary measures to stop the train are usually taken whenever there are problems detected on the track or equipments are damaged or a rail fracture is found.
Earlier, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu blamed the Railway Board and said he wont “allow laxity” in its operations. “(I) have directed CRB [Chairman Railway Board] to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the end of day.”
(With inputs from Mohammad Ali and Omar Rashid)
  
Yesterday (20:43)  पटरी पर मौत मिली-पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस में बेइंतजामी, एक कोने में दर्जनभर बर्फ की सिल्लियां रखी हुई थीं जिसपर लाकर लाशों को पटका जा रहा था परिजनों में गुस्सा (aajtak.intoday.in)
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Posted by: ☆गोंडा इलेक्ट्रिक शेङ ■☆*^~  6407 news posts
 
 
मुजफ्फरनगर के खतौली में हुए ट्रेन हादसे ने 23 लोगों की जान ले ली है. जबकि इस भीषण दुर्घटना में 150 से ज्यादा लोग जख्मी बताए जा रहे हैं. इस एक्सीडेंट में एक तरफ जहां रेलवे की लापरवाही सामने आ रही है, वहीं स्थानीय प्रशासन की हैरान करने वाली बेदर्दी भी देखने को मिली है.
ट्रेन के डिब्बे पलटने से उसमें बैठे कई यात्रियों की मौत हुई. देर रात तक रेस्क्यू ऑपरेशन के जरिए शवों को डिब्बों से बाहर निकाला गया. इसके बाद शवों को मुजफ्फरनगर में पोस्टमॉर्टम के लिए भेजा गया है. मगर, पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस से जो तस्वीर सामने आई है, वो बेहद शर्मनाक तो ही, साथ ही डरावनी भी है. पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस में शवों को नीचे फर्श पर इस तरीके
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से डाला गया है, जैसे कोई ढेर लगा दिया गया हो.
ये तस्वीर इतनी दर्दनाक है कि आपको विचलित कर सकती हैं. इसलिए हम आपको ये तस्वीर नहीं दिखा सकते. पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस में फर्श पर दर्जनभर लोगों के शव पड़े हुए हैं. शव खून से लथपथ हैं. चारों तरफ बर्फ की सिल्लियां रखी गई हैं. यानी मेडिकल प्रशासन के पास शवों को सही ढंग से रखने तक की जगह नहीं है. यहां तक कि शवों पर ढकने के लिए उनके पास एक सफेद चादर तक नहीं थी.
पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस का दृश्य रौंगटे खड़े करने वाला था. एक कोने में दर्जनभर बर्फ की सिल्लियां रखी हुई थीं जिसपर लाकर लाशों को पटका जा रहा था. लाश महिला की हो या पुरुष की, बुजुर्ग की हो या युवा की सबको ढेर में तब्दील कर दिया गया था. कई परिजन जब अपनों की तलाश में पोस्टमॉर्टम हाउस पहुंचे तो लाशों की हालत देखकर हैरान रह गए. उनका कहना था कि पहले हादसे ने उनके अभागे रिश्तेदारों की जान ले ली और अब प्रशासन उनके शवों के साथ इस दर्जे की संवेदनहीनता बरत रहा है.
बता दें कि ये हादसा शनिवार शाम 5 बजकर 46 मिनट पर हुआ. ट्रेन संख्या 18477 कलिंग-उत्कल एक्सप्रेस पुरी से हरिद्वार की तरफ जा रही थी. इसी दौरान मुजफ्फरनगर के खतौली रेलवे स्टेशन के पास ट्रेन के 14 डिब्बे पटरी से उतर गए. पटरी से उतरे डिब्बे ट्रैक के पास बने मकानों और स्कूल इमारत में घुस गए.
  
Yesterday (20:41)  Suresh Prabhu must own responsibility for derailment, says Congress (www.thehindu.com)
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Congress said that no amount of conspiracy theory could absolve the BJP government of blame for the death of 21 passengers
The Congress on Sunday said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu should own responsibility for the Utkal Express derailmentand accused him of setting a “new record in laxity”.
It also said that no amount of conspiracy theory could absolve the BJP government of blame for the death of 21 passengers.
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dismal safety record of the Modi government is reflected in 27 major railway accidents since May 2014 which have resulted in the death of 259 passengers and serious injuries to 899,” AICC in-charge of communications Randeep Singh Surjewala said here.
He said it was time to reset priorities and allocate budget for railway safety protocols vis-a-vis the “bullet train jumlas”.
Mr. Surjewala said initial reports suggested that a “massive miscommunication” led to derailment of at least 14 coaches of the Haridwar-bound Kalinga-Utkal Express in Khatauli.
“This is a sad commentary on the absence of safeguards as also vulnerability with which the train system operates, not to mention the criminal negligence involved,” he said.
The Congress leader alleged that “Prabhu and railway authorities appear to be setting new records of laxity and unpreparedness with regard to the safety and security of passengers”.
“Times demand that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu must own responsibility. Forget bullet trains, 27 train accidents have taken place since the Modi government took office and six major tragedies have taken place in Uttar Pradesh alone in the past 15 months.
“Every time there is an accident, the railway authorities invent a fresh conspiracy to wash their hands of culpability but facts speak otherwise,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Mr. Prabhu, Mr. Surjewala alleged the railway minister, who “continuously unveils grand schemes of privatisation” and spends majority of the time on Twitter, had “utterly failed” to perform his primary duty of securing passengers.
“People demand basic facilities and a safe rail network. It is time the BJP government stopped painting, polishing and garnishing the most important public transportation system which needs urgent tangible reforms,” he said in a statement.

  
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Yesterday (20:41)  मौत का खेल बनती भारतीय रेल (aajtak.intoday.in)
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जैसे-जैसे उत्कल एक्सप्रेस के हादसे से तफ्तीश की परतें हट रहीं है, भारतीय रेलवे का हत्यारा चेहरा साफ-साफ दिखने लगा है. ये साफ हो गया है कि रेलवे ने घोर लापरवाही बरती और मुसाफिरों को मौत के मुंह में धकेल दिया. 'आज तक' ने रेलवे की लापरवाही का भांडा फोड़ दिया है.
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