Railway Ministry has suspended four officers, transferred one and sent on leave its three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official on the basis of prima facie evidence in connection with derailment of Utkal Express train at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The action against eight officers came hours after Member (Traffic) of the Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed, indicated that negligence appeared to have caused the derailment.
A Railway Ministry statement said in New Delhi that Member (Engineer) in the Railway Board, Northern Railway General Manager and Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) were sent on leave in the wake of the train accident. Member (Engineer) in the Railway Board is the senior-most functionary to be sent on leave.
Besides, the Railways also suspended four of its officials, Senior Divisional Engineer, Delhi division, Assistant Engineer (Meerut), Senior Section Engineer, Permanent Way (Muzzafarnagar) and Junior Engineer (Khatauli). Chief Track Engineer, Northern Railway, was also transferred as part of the action by the Railways. Meanwhile, General Manager of North Central Railway, Allahabad has been given responsibility of Delhi.
An FIR has been registered against unknown persons in the derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express. A UP police spokesperson said that sub inspector of the police post in-charge of GRP Khatauli lodged the FIR yesterday.
Meanwhile, more than 50 passengers who sustained injuries in the accident have been discharged after medical treatment, while free medical treatment of another 102 injured passengers is in progress.
The passenger Rail Traffic was restored on Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Saharanpur rail section last night. In an official release Chief public relations officer of Northan Railway said the 54542 Ambala-Meerut City Passenger train passed Khatauli.