New Farakka Exp de­rail­ment: Two of­fi­cials sus­pended

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NEW DELHI: Railways sus­pended two of­fi­cials Thurs­day over de­rail­ment of the New Farakka Ex­press, se­nior of­fi­cials said.

They said that the sig­nal in­spec­tor and the elec­tri­cal sig­nal main­tainer were sus­pended to fa­cil­i­tate the probe.

“The in­di­ca­tions are that the cause of the ac­ci­dent was prima fa­cie wrong sig­nalling. We have sus­pended the two on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the chief com­mis­sioner rail­way safety to en­sure that no ev­i­dence is tam­pered with,” a se­nior of­fi­cial of the railways said.

Se­nior sec­tion en­gi­neer, sig­nalling, Bachrawa, Vinod Ku­mar Sharma and elec­tri­cal sig­nal main­tainer at Ku­dan­ganj, Amar­nath have been sus­pended, North­ern Rail­way spokesper­son Deepak Ku­mar said.

Five coaches and the en­gine of the New Delhi bound New Farakka Ex­press derailed near Rae Bareli early Wed­nes­day, killing at least five peo­ple and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing nine.

LUC­KNOW: The toll in de­rail­ment of New Delhi-bound New Farakka Ex­press rose to seven on Thurs­day with two of the in­jured peo­ple suc­cumb­ing to their in­juries at hos­pi­tals in Luc­know.

Five coaches and the en­gine of the New Farakka Ex­press derailed near Rae Bareli, early Wed­nes­day killing five peo­ple and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing nine.

Di­vi­sional Rail­way Man­ager (DRM), North­ern Railways, said, “Two of the in­jured died on Thurs­day... with this, the toll in yes­ter­day’s de­rail­ment in­ci­dent has gone up to seven.”

Rinku (28), who was brought to the KGMU Trauma Cen­tre in Luc­know in a very bad state, and 11-year-old Sughandh ad­mit­ted at the Trauma Cen­tre of SGPGI with mul­ti­ple frac­tures, died early on Thurs­day.

The DRM said one of the tracks on which rail traf­fic was dis­rupted fol­low­ing the de­rail­ment was re­paired and opened for train move­ment Thurs­day morn­ing, while work on the other track is likely to be com­pleted by evening.

Ac­cord­ing to Rail­way of­fi­cials in Delhi, a sig­nal in­spec­tor and an elec­tri­cal sig­nal main­tainer were sus­pended to fa­cil­i­tate a probe into the de­rail­ment of the train since the in­di­ca­tions were that the cause of the ac­ci­dent was prima fa­cie wrong sig­nalling.

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