IN an alleged case of negligence,the body of man hit by a train on Thursday lay unattended for hours some 4 km from Chiplun station as officials argued about who should clear the tracks.
Sources said the man was knocked down by Netravati Express at 6.23 pm while crossing the tracks. However,the driver and the guard of the train allegedly proceeded without informing the station master.
According to railway rules,the driver and guard of a train that knocks someone down should clear the track and inform the station master.
Later,when Okha Express,coming from Ratnagiri,reached Chiplun,the station master issued a memo to its driver and the guard and asked them to clear the body,sources said. The driver and the guard told the station master their train had not hit the man and the station master should ask other staff or the Railway Protection Force officers to remove the body,they added.
The argument lasted about 45 minutes until station master assured driver and the guard that he would send other staff members. However,when no one reached the spot,the driver and the guard agreed to move the body away. The incident delayed Okha Express by an hour.
A passenger travelling in Okha Express said,The scene was dreadful. The driver of the Okha Express was shivering while removing the body.