Two incidents of train derailment: Prabhu finds scapegoat in Railway Board chairman

Ivan Schwartz
August 23, 2017

At least 23 persons were killed and over 200 seriously injured in two major train accidents in less than a week. He submitted his resignation to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Chairman, Railway Board or the CRB is the highest-ranking official in the Ministry of Railways. Mittal is the senior most bureaucrat of the Indian Railway. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had directed Chairman, Railway Board, to fix responsibility on "prima facie evidence by the end of day" into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.

OnWednesday afternoon, rail minister Prabhu tweeted: "I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives". And on Wednesday, 74 people were injured when the Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district, also in Uttar Pradesh. "I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now", he assured and added: "Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment& milestones".

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On August 19, the Kalinga-Utkal Express had derailed in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar in the state, killing 22 people and injuring 156 others. Investigations are on to probe the actual causes of both the accidents.

According to official figures, 586 train accidents occured in the last five years, of which almost 53 per cent were due to derailments.

Speaking further, the minister said that in less than three years of his tenure as the Railway Minister, "I have devoted my blood and sweat" for the betterment of the Indian Railways.

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