The driver of the Patna-Indore Express train, which derailed near Kanpur on Sunday, has denied he is responsible for the tragedy. As many as 142 people lost their lives and over 150 are still battling for life in the incident at Pukhrayan near Kanpur.
Talking to Aajtak, the driver, however, said he was not responsible for the incident. He said the real culprit would be exposed after the probe into the incident. The driver is also a part of the probe but he refused to take the responsibility of the accident. When asked what happened at the time of the mishap, the driver said he could not feel anything and he himself fell from the engine and was injured.
The driver said that he is still in shock and not in a condition to give any statement.
Speaking in the Parliament today, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu promised to take “strictest possible
action” against the guilty. He announced a thorough investigation aided by latest technical and forensic analysis into the train accident.
Prabhu made made a suo moto statement in the Lok Sabha amid noisy protests by the opposition over demonetisation. The Railway Minister said the exercise, which was announced in the last rail budget, to replace old coaches lacking crash-worthy features will also be expedited.
A statutory inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety has also been ordered to find the correct cause of the
accident, he said.
(With PTI inputs)