With investigation continuing on the Indore-Patna express derailment in Kanpur, Indian Railways spokesperson, Anil Saxena, today, said that the Divisional Railway Manager of Jhansi, Santosh Aggarwal had been transferred and authorities had also suspended five engineers associated with the tragic accident.
On November 20, early morning at 03:00 hrs, the express train, on its 27-hour journey from Indore to Patna, derailed at Pukhrayan, 65 Km from Kanpur, claiming the lives of 146 passengers, leaving more than 150 with injuries. The accident had such an huge impact, that it left the coaches S1 and S2, one on the other and also severely damaged coaches S3 and S4. Most of the casualties in the tragic incident are feared to have been from these coaches.
Following the accident, the Indian Railways had formed a twelve-member GRP team led by DSP GRP Jhansi, to probe in to the matter. After a primary probe, the authorities had filed an FIR against unidentified railway employees under the sections 04A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 of IPC.
Over questions on whether the derailment had been caused because of functional faults on the railway track, authorities had not confirmed the cause relating to the same. Condemning the tragedy, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had called for a intensive investigation on the incident and had also asserted of strict actions against defaulters.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakk to the family of the victims, While Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned Rs 2 lakh, which was later enhanced by the Railway Minister to Rs 3.5 lakh.