The Kalinga Utkal Express which was heading towards Haridwar from Puri derailed on Saturday evening leading to 23 deaths. A senior official on Sunday morning told PTI over the phone that as many as 156 people have been injured so far as 14 coaches went off track.
The Kalinga Utkal Express which was heading towards Haridwar from Puri derailed on Saturday evening leading to 23 deaths. A senior official on Sunday morning told PTI over the phone that as many as 156 people have been injured so far as 14 coaches went off track. Some horrifying pictures emerged on Saturday evening that showed train smashing into the nearby buildings and two coaches tearing into each other. There was chaos, blood, loss of property and lives. The government and local authorities have been busy with the rescue operations since then.
Amid the mess, a house owner who lost his place due to the accident has come out and attacked the Indian Railways. The owner whose identity wasn’t revealed told ANI that it took 1 hour 30 minutes for the authorities to reach the spot and assess the situation. He added that either Railway will have to provide him with the compensation or he will file a case against it. “It took 1.5 hrs for authority to come here. I will either file a case against Railway or it’ll have to provide me compensation,” this man was quoted saying by ANI.
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The news agency also shared a few images of this house which shows that the place was completely damaged. The injured passengers had been admitted to various hospitals in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar. The authorities have set up a control room to assist the families of those affected. The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.
Meanwhile, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu took to Twitter on Sunday and asked the Chairman of Railway Board, A K Mittal, to fix responsibility for the tragedy on prima facie evidence by the end of day. “Restoration is top priority. Seven coaches tackled. Also ensuring best possible medical care for the injured. monitoring situation closely. Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” he wrote.