After the derailment of Utkal Express and Kaifiyat Express in a gap of 5 days, the Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal on Wednesday morning resigned from his post. According to CNN-News 18 and ABP News, Mittal tendered his resignation to the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who will take the final call over it. As per the last report by CNN-News 18, the resignation has not been accepted yet. 23 people died while 156 were injured after the Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli on Saturday evening. In a similar incident, the Kaifiyat Express derailed late on Tuesday night, leaving 74 people injured.
Kaifiyat Express which runs between Azamgarh to New Delhi derailed at around 2:40 am following a collision of the train with a dumper between Achalda and Pata railway stations. As per PTI, 12 coaches of the train went off track leading to 74 people getting injured near Auraiya district in Uttar Pradesh. “Train No. 12225- Azamgarh to New Delhi- derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. When Kaifiyat express was passing by Ochalda and Patra station, by gate number 14 then a dumper collided with the train, derailing it with the engine and 12 coaches. There is no report of deaths,” Railways DG PRO, Anil Saxena told ANI after the accident.
In an immediate reaction, Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation. “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment of coaches. Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals. I am personally monitoring situation, rescue operations. I have directed senior officers to reach the site immediately,” he tweeted.
The incident comes days after 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Katauli in which 23 people were killed.