Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2018

Two Railways officials suspended in New Farakka Express derailment case

New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Thursday suspended two officials a day after New Farakka express derailed, senior officials said.

On Wednesday as many as seven people died and 21 were injured after nine coaches of New Farakka Express derailed near Raebareli.

They said that the Senior Section Engineer, signalling 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.

On Wednesday as many as seven people died and 21 were injured after nine coaches of New Farakka Express derailed near Raebareli.

Following the accident, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had ordered an inquiry into the matter and directed Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle to take charge of the same.

Goyal had also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those killed in the train derailment.

The train’s engine and coaches derailed 50 m away from Harchandpur railway station.

TST

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