On 19th August 2017, a tragic train derailment claimed the life of more than 23 people and injured 100 in Muzaffarnagar. Railway authorities instituted a formal inquiry soon after the derailment. After the probe, it was discovered that the reason behind the deadly crash was the recklessness of the railway staff. Read about the entire accident here.
An unofficial repair work on tracks was carried out in Uttar Pradesh without putting a caution or red flag for Utkal Express driver to slow down. Indian Railways terminated services of 13 employees, including a junior engineer, who were held responsible for the Utkal Express derailment. Northern railways chief public relation officer in his recent interview told that the decision to terminate the staff has been taken based on prima facie evidence of the derailment.
Railway-board member Mohd. Jamshed announced that the Government Railway Police has registered an FIR under 151, 154 and 427, which relates to mischief causing damage or destruction of railway property, death by negligence, grievous hurt by act endangering lives or personal safety.
Railways has witnessed three derailments in less than two weeks. Read about the other two recent derailments here —